Supporting Children and Youth in and from
Canada's Child Welfare System
The Child and Youth Permanency Council of Canada, in partnership with ESDC’s Canada Service Corps, is delivering a mentorship program for children and youth in and from the Canadian child welfare system.
The Mentorship Program will support BIPOC youth, LGBTQ2S+ youth, youth living with disabilities, youth from low-income households or youth living with barriers to their socio-economic security.
Mentors participating in the program are generally older youth in and from the child welfare system between 25 to 30 years of age who will support younger youth (mentees/participants) between 15 - 24 years of age to deliver a service project.
CYPCC will offer a micro-grant of up to $5,000 to the lead mentee/participant to design a service project that meets the needs of their community.
The mentorship program ends March 2024.
Service projects could look like, but are not limited to:
• starting a community cupboard
• designing a mural
• developing a community garden
• hosting a cultural workshop (beading, blankets, etc.)
• starting a community newsletter, blog, podcast, etc.
• teaching a financial literacy workshop,
• hosting a community event
Youth participation in the mentorship program will help them establish safe, supportive, and nurturing relationships, develop life skills, meaningfully engage in their communities, and become effective agents of change.