Yo Bro | Yo Girl Mentors
Yo Bro | Yo Girl is built on the principle that equipping people with lived-experience to connect with at-risk youth is be the best way to effect change.
Whether it’s an ex-Hells Angel or a teenager that was reached just as she started heading down the wrong track, we know that kids listen to those who truly understand what they’re going through.
Yo Bro | Yo Girl Mentors are senior members of our organization who have personally been impacted by our programs as participants. Today, these YBYG Alumni co-present workshops, lead after-school programs, and connect with at-risk youth to ensure that there’s always someone around who knows exactly how they feel.
In the 2018/19 school year, we had 39 Mentors from three categories:
Youth Leaders are volunteer peer-to-peer mentors
Program Assistants are YBYG graduates who are paid to support program delivery in schools
Program Facilitators are paid staff who have leadership roles in program delivery
“I volunteer as a Mentor because of the life I have had before I came to Canada — it was full of challenges and traumas. I want to give back to the young ones coming up behind me. When they listen to my story and see me succeeding and making good choices, I want them to know that they can follow my lead. I want them to know that they can overcome.— Dacious, YBYG Youth Leader