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Mentorship Program

Builds communities, creates leaders & camp; 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.


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.


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