Kinnections Youth Mentorship Program

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A mentoring program for youth in continuing care or on a Youth Agreement.

Kinnections is a youth mentoring program designed to support youth who are in continuing care of the government or on a Youth Agreement as they transition into adulthood and beyond. The program is available in several communities across the Lower Mainland.

Effective April 1, 2010 the following services will be available through the Kinnections program:

  • Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) will continue to provide services to Aboriginal youth in Vancouver. Aboriginal youth will be recruited, mentors will be screened and new matches will be made and supported.
  • Pacific Community Resources Society (covering Surrey, Delta, Langley and White Rock) and PLEA Community Services Society (covering Maple Ridge) will continue to provide support services for mentor matches made up to March 31, 2010.

Youth Referrals

Youth are eligible for Kinnections if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Aged 15 to 18, or currently 19 and met all the eligibility criteria on their 19th birthday.
  2. On a Youth Agreement or in long-term or continuing care of the government.
  3. Live in a community where Kinnections is offered (additional eligibility criteria apply if the youth lives in Vancouver, please contact UNYA for more details).

Referrals can be made by anyone: a social worker, foster parent, and most importantly, youth.

To make a referral for an Aboriginal youth in Vancouver please contact the UNYA Kinnections Coordinator at 604 254-7732 or click on one of the following links:
Youth Referral Form | UNYA Agency Link

Why Kinnections?

If you’re a youth looking for a mentor who will listen to you, share their life experiences with you and offer emotional support as you move towards becoming an adult, Kinnections can help.

Youth Can Self-Identify Mentors

If you’re a youth and you think you know someone in your life that might be a good mentor for you, let the Kinnections Coordinator or your social worker know during the referral process. The Kinnections Coordinator can explore whether or not this person is willing to be a mentor and able to pass the other screening criteria.

Mentor Applications

If you're an adult interested in making a difference in a young person's life by becoming a long-term mentor, become a Kinnections volunteer by contacting the Urban Native Youth Association in Vancouver at 604 254-7732.

For More Information

There are several ways to find out more about Kinnections:

  1. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  2. Download the Kinnections Template outlining the service philosophy, forms used and process for delivering mentoring services to youth in government care (created by MCFD).
  3. Download the first year and/or second year independent evaluations conducted on the Kinnections program.
  4. Contact a regional representative for more information and updates:
    Mike White in Vancouver
    Caroline Wilkin in Maple Ridge
    Holden Chu for enquiries in Surrey, Delta, Langley or White Rock