The HSC Mentorship Program is designed to support young people across Canada facing the everyday challenges of growing up in a family affected by Huntington disease. HSC is committed to offering a nationwide mentoring program that provides youth with one-on-one time and attention with a mentor who will receive ongoing support from a Social Worker within the HSC.
The goal of the program is to offer young people the opportunity to connect with a mentor who will be able to provide them with valuable support at critical points in their lives. The adult volunteers involved in the mentoring program will also be from families affected by HD. Sharing this common experience may assist them in better understanding and connecting to the youth mentees. The mentors will be committed to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to the youth. The mentors will listen and provide the youth with accurate and age appropriate information.
The mentorship program strives to:
- Encourage and help prepare youth for the challenges they face
- Serve to help breakdown the sense of isolation many youth affected by HD experience
- Assist youth to make informed decisions about their life
- Provide youth with positive role models and support
- Connect youth to YPAHD (Young People Affected by HD) and the HD community
Recruiting Youth Mentors for Spring Training
Have you ever thought, “I wish I had someone who understood what I was going through as a youth – living in a family affected by HD”? If you or someone you know is affected by HD and would like to help other young people going through the challenges of this disease, read on. The Huntington Society of Canada (HSC) is excited to be expanding its Youth Mentorship Program and is hoping to offer a new training session this spring.
HSC is looking for eager volunteer mentors who are interested in supporting young people (mostly through digital communications) across Canada who are affected by HD. The next volunteer mentor training program is tentatively scheduled in Toronto, Ontario on the weekend of April 26, 27 and 28, 2019. Training will begin in the evening on Friday (26th) and wrap up just after lunch on Sunday to allow for travel time.
An application and phone interview are required as well as a clear criminal reference check. Successful mentor candidates will be contacted by the Mentorship Coordinator to confirm transportation and accommodation arrangements.
Consider making a difference in a young person’s life by becoming a volunteer mentor. The Mentorship Program is looking for both male and female volunteer mentors who are between the ages of 18 and 30 who have experienced growing up in a family affected by HD. No previous involvement with the HSC or YPAHD is required. If you are interested in applying for this volunteer opportunity, complete an application form here and return the form to the Mentorship Coordinator as indicated.
Application deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019. We look forward to receiving your applications.
Download the Youth Mentor Application here.
Download the Youth Mentee (under the age of 18) Application here.
Download the Youth Mentee (over the age of 18) Application here.
For more information contact our Mentorship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Toll Free: 1-855- 253-0215