Adolescence is a challenging time, and boys need many mentors who can role model healthy masculinity and femininity providing them a pathway to maturity. CCMF Mentors undergo training that teaches them how to show up for youth in a way that creates safety for them to share what’s really going on and get the support they need to grow and stay engaged in school and positive activities.
The weekly meetings combine learning, fun, peer mentoring and exercises to build self-awareness. All meetings are facilitated by 1-2 CCMF Vancouver volunteer facilitators, and supported by 1-2 volunteer mentors. The group meetings range in size from 8 to 16 participants.
Through this program, we hope to provide youth with:
- A community of mentors and role models who listen, encourage and believe in them.
- A community of adults who model integrity, accountability, compassion and respect.
- A community where participants are empowered to speak their truth, and encouraged to take responsibility for their choices.
- A community where participants feel supported, listened to and valued.
- A community where participants see that their peers face similar challenges, and know they are NOT ALONE in their struggles.
- Start Date: TBD (when we reach 8 applicants we will start the group in October-November)
- Time and location: Tuesdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm Pacific Time via Zoom. There will be a break over Winter and Summer break.
Program Eligibility Criteria
- Male (or male identified) between the ages of 13-18
- Targeting youth who reside in BC but open to youth from across Canada
- Able to participate regularly in online meetings
Interested applicants can email the program manager David Minor at email@example.com to arrange a pre-screening interview via zoom.
About Our Facilitators
My name is Liam Wilson, and I’m a video game programmer living in Greater Vancouver. After my own personal struggles with mental health, and seeing the struggles of the young men around me, I became motivated to get involved with services and advocacy around men’s health. It’s been my hope for a long time to see more services made available to teens and young men who may be quietly struggling with mental health, or who feel they may not be meeting the expectations of those around them, or who don’t have strong support systems to get them through some of their most formative years. I’m very excited to be part of a program focused around providing a space for young men to feel comfortable and accepted, and I hope it will be an experience that we’ll all be able to grow from!
I currently work full time as a first responder in the lower mainland. When I’m not working, I’m active in a number of various activities including playing guitar, rock climbing, hiking, working on my car, going to the gym, working on a Masters program in school and volunteering with CCMF.
Volunteering with youth has been an important part of my life for almost 10 years now as I enjoy helping where I can to try and effect positive change in the world. I often see a large gap in services and support for men, and especially for youth. I luckily found a great supportive and encouraging group when I was young to help guide me through challenging years and by volunteering with CCMF I’m able to do the same and offer that experience to youth.