Mentors provide one-on-one wrap-around guidance and support for participants. General responsibilities of a mentor include:

  • Provide support to a cohort of 10-12 participants.
  • Supporting youth to set learning objectives, and to help them recall and apply their training.
  • Acting as a liaison with employers during their summer placements.
  • Helping to coordinate program events.

If you are currently attending post-secondary school, and are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the Youth Futures Mentorship Coordinator

Mentor Requirements

Mentors must be attending post-secondary education and interested in:

  • Acquiring or improving their leadership, communication,
    and conflict resolution skills
  • Enhancing their work experience
  • Securing employment throughout the school year

To be eligible for participation, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in post-secondary education
  • Have proof of two COVID-19 Vaccinations
  • Demonstrate interest in mentoring youth
  • Be eligible to work in Canada
  • Have a Social Insurance Number or valid work permit
  • Complete an online application
  • First Aid and CPR training an asset
  • High Five training an asset

Applicants must complete and online application and participate in an interview with the Youth Futures program staff. Recruitment and hiring for mentors typically happens in December prior to the start of the program.

Mentor FAQ

Effective September 22, 2021, proof of vaccination (showing two doses plus a minimum of 14 days) will be required to participate in the Youth Futures program.

Mentors are hired for part-time work from February to April (12 hours/week) and will work full-time from May to August (35 hours/week).

The Youth Futures program takes place at different locations throughout the City. Most activities happen downtown to help remove transportation barriers. In 2021, Youth Futures was delivered both in-person and virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will follow Ottawa Public Health guidelines for 2022.

Post-secondary students interested in becoming a Youth Futures mentor are encouraged to monitor the Youth Futures website or communicate with the Mentorship Coordinator. Employment postings for Mentor positions will happen late in the year with interviews scheduled for December/January.

In addition to providing valuable work experience for post-secondary students, the Youth Futures program pays mentors a competitive hourly rate above the provincial minimum wage.