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January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month. 

Peel CAS volunteer mentors build relationships and act as role models to provide support, understanding and guidance to children or youth involved with our agency.  Time spent together helps to build and strengthen self-esteem and self-confidence.

Peel Children’s Aid currently has 25 volunteer mentors. In 2015, mentors provided approximately 3,304 hours of service. 

Meet Curtis, Volunteer Mentor

I’ve worked with young people most of my adult life. When someone told me about Peel CAS, I looked them up and not long after that I began volunteering as a mentor with the agency. I recently mentored two young siblings – Andy and James * – who were 9 and 11 years old when we first met.  They called our time together Curt Days. Andy, James and I developed a great relationship built through mutual trust and good conversation. We talked a lot – about whatever was on their mind and how their week was.

I remember the first time I took them sledding. They’ve lived here their entire lives and had never been. I really wanted them to experience it. Andy was worried about getting hurt but I managed to convince them both to try it. What fun it was watching their excitement sledding down that hill! Mentoring is such a rewarding experience. No matter how good or bad my day or week was, it was always better when I got to hang out with the boys.    

*not their real names