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Mentor
Mentors are essential for many youth as they work to complete their schooling and prepare for their futures. As a mentor, you will help a young person develop personal awareness, new skills, connections and future aspirations.
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Location: All quadrants; school or community-based. Proximity is a factor in matching.

Clearance Required: Calgary Police Services Check and Alberta Child & Family Services Check.

Screening & Training: You receive 30 minutes of online training after expressing your interest. This is followed by a scheduled in-person interview and pre-match training (about 90 minutes). Further training and development opportunities are provided following a successful match.

Commitment: 6 – 8 hours a month for a minimum of one year. We recommend in-person contact twice a month, in addition to virtual contact via email, Skype, text messaging and/or social networks.

Note: It can take 2+ months to work through the application, clearance and training process.

Math Tutor
Help high school students improve their math and study skills – but be prepared to be more than a tutor! You will be a positive adult in the lives of youth, offering encouragement and inspiration to participants, all of whom were selected based on academic and financial need and motivation to succeed.
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Location: All quadrants; community-based, with locations at Shawnessy YMCA, Saddletowne YMCA, Eau Claire YMCA, Crowfoot YMCA and Thornhill Baptist Church (North-Central). Proximity is a factor in matching. PLEASE NOTE: Eau Claire and Shawnessy locations are now full – Tutors continue to be needed for NW and NE locations.

Clearance Required: Calgary Police Services Check, including vulnerable sector search and Child Welfare Check (completed with YMCA staff assistance).

Screening & Training: Free 12-hour Renert Centre high school math refresher (four 3-hour sessions offered at the beginning of each semester) and mandatory YMCA Calgary Child Protection Policy & Orientation (6 hours), typically offered twice in September and twice in February.

Commitment: Weekly after school shifts of 2 hours for at least one school year (approximately 10 months). Day of the week and time are dependent upon location.