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Mentorship Program

Builds communities, creates leaders & changes lives

Mentorship Program

Mentorship is a part of the Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program and focuses on supporting the settlement and integration of newcomer immigrant and refugee youth entering grades 7-12 during the school year and in the summer. The program provides information, resources, and support to facilitate positive transitions for youth into Canadian schools and communities.

A unique aspect of the program involves the participation of Peer Mentors, youth who were once newcomers themselves, who provide 1:1 support for incoming newcomer youth during programming and community connections activities.

Youth have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in fun group activities & field trips
  • Make new friends
  • Develop teamwork & life skills
  • Practice speaking English in a safe & respectful environment
  • Enhance leadership abilities & confidence
  • Learn about Canada & Calgary
  • Meet inspiring community speakers & leaders


Welcome & Information for Newcomers (WIN) is for junior high youth in grades 7-9 and Newcomer Orientation & Welcome (NOW) is for high school youth in grades 10-12. Both programs are designed to prepare youth for the Canadian school system. Offered twice per year at select schools and Calgary Public Library locations.

Registration for 2021 January program is now open. Click here for details.

Cross-Age Mentorship Program

High school students mentor and guide newcomer youth in grades 7-9 by providing them with a positive role model and supporting their emotional and academic needs.
Offered at select junior high schools during the school year.

Syrian Initiative

Supports the settlement and integration of Syrian refugee youth through a unique curriculum and programming offered in Arabic in order to address settlement needs.
Offered at select CBE high schools during the school year.

Level Up

A fun and unique program that offers youth advanced life skills training including critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication.
Offered twice per year at select central community locations.

Transitioning Into Post-Secondary (TIPS)

Post-secondary students act as mentors by providing newcomer youth with the information and support necessary to make a successful transition into post-secondary studies.
Offered twice per year at select post-secondary campuses and Calgary Public Library locations. 


To learn more about our programs or to apply, please contact us at or call 403-230-7745