Mentoring has many outcomes depending on the people involved and the circumstances of the mentoring process. It is clear however, that the benefits of mentoring are felt by both the mentor and the person being mentored. Peel Mentoring Network believes that the best way to demonstrate the benefits and outcomes of mentoring are to experience real life examples.
Volunteer Mentoring - A Rewarding and Challenging Experience
In pursuing her post-secondary school education Shana Almeida volunteered at Rapport Youth & Family Service's mentoring program for youth, called the Volunteer Connections Program (VCP). This program provided an opportunity for volunteers to work with troubled youth on a one-to-one basis under the supervision and mentorship of a trained social worker. A comprehensive evaluation of the Volunteer Connections Program can be found at www.rapportyouth.com. Shana's testimonial was originally published in Rapport Youth & Family Service's May 2002 Newsletter.
My name is Shana Almeida and I have been a volunteer mentor with Rapport Youth &
As a volunteer for over a year, my clients have come to me with such issues as anger, depression, grief and teen sexuality. One of the most worthwhile things about Rapport is the idea that teenagers have a place to go when they want to talk about issues that they do not necessarily want to involve their parents or friends. There are not many agencies like Rapport, and it is comforting to know that Rapport exists for teens. My experience at Rapport has greatly influenced my interest in the field, specifically my interest in working with youth. From the moment I sat down with my first client I felt comfortable, as if it came naturally to me. I am truly grateful for the experience, not to mention the amazing people that I have met. I am honoured to be a part of this program, and will continue to give my time and dedication for as long as I can.
In the Spring of 2005 Shana graduated from York University's School of Social Work with her MSW degree. One of her field placements was in (former Toronto city counsellor and now federal M.P.) Olivia Chow's office, where Shana also worked for a year after she graduated. Currently, Shana works as Executive Assistant to Toronto city councilor Gordon Perks. Shana plans to return to school to pursue her PhD in Education or Social Work.