Celebrating Diversity in Mentoring

Celebrating Diversity in Mentoring Nicole Mensah: For many children and youth in Canada, their reality consists of striving to overcome adversity through facing daily challenges. Specifically for black youth, it is unfortunate that there are many obstacles that present themselves as a result of simply being black; negative stereotypes enforced by society, lack of representation [...]
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Happy New Year from NYMAC!

2019 was a great year for us and we accomplished so much—you can see a video outlining those accomplishments here! Resolutions are an important way in which people reflect on their successes and shortcomings from the previous year and set their sights on what they wish to accomplish and improve for the next year. We [...]
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How We Made Lessons Out of Losses

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team because he was ‘too short’. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as a news anchor because of her ‘emotional instability’. Ellen DeGeneres lost a prime-time sitcom show because her character ‘came out’ at the age of 39. We’ve all experienced failures, but we all [...]
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Engagement, Leadership and Change

It has been a busy summer for the National Youth Mentoring Advisory Council (NYMAC)! If we were to use three words that summarize what’s been happening, we’d say: Engagement, Leadership and Change. Let’s start with Engagement: The best kind of organizational conventions include a mix of thought leadership, ample caffeine and food, and tons of [...]
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Indigenous Voices – A Mentee’s Experience

In 2017, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada launched a National Youth Mentoring Advisory Council (NYMAC) to ensure that young people are shaping the future of mentoring in Canada. These young leaders have firsthand experience as mentees and mentors with Big Brothers Big Sisters. They bring enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to our work and […]

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