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Mentorship Program 

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.

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 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.

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.

The Mentorship Program begins May 2024.



“I wanted to learn about traditional Inuit tattoos.  Talking to artists allowed me to take in a lot of knowledge around it.  I also learned about the business side of things, like how to do invoices, who you want to know when trying to create programs like this.  I learned more than at school [they are in a business program at school].” - Anonymous


Western Arctic Youth Collective

Service projects led and designed by children and youth in and from Canada's Child Welfare System

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Working With the Best Partners

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Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about the mentorship program or our partners upcoming service project events.

Executive Director: Marlyn Wall   


Program Manager: Alisha Bowie


Project Coordinator: Beverly Renaud


Project Administator: Jaden Dakota


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