Coyote Pride Mentoring Program

About

“Our past tells us that listening, learning, and pride in our children are the foundations for success.”

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Are you interested in being a role model to a pre-teen?

Coyote Pride is a mentoring (“buddy”) program for Aboriginal pre-teens in grades 7 to 9. Youth participate in cultural activities with mentors. Mentors encourage youth to have a healthy lifestyle though traditional teachings and positive role model behavior.

Why a mentoring program?

Children and youth are at risk of not succeeding in school because of barriers. These include:

– loss of cultural identity
– lack of self-esteem
– racism
– growing up in isolated areas
– lack of parental support
– bullying
– behavioral management
– special needs
– lack of interest in school
– peer pressure
– drug and alcohol use or exposure

How will Coyote Pride benefit your child or pre-teen?

Coyote Pride matches Aboriginal youth and Aboriginal mentors who emphasize the importance of education and cultural values. Groups are established at each school that is a part of the program. Activities include:

– Recruiting and supporting Aboriginal people from the community to become mentors.
– Providing necessary training and resources for mentors.
– Offering traditional teachings about values, beliefs, ceremonies, and an increased pride in culture.
– Connecting cultural advisors and Elders who support and attend the program.
– Develop an Advisory Committee to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

When and Where is the Program?

Coyote Pride Mentoring Program Groups and Mentors meet once a week at the following Edmonton schools:

Mondays

Prince Charles School
12325 – 127 Street
11:35 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Athlone School
12940 – 129 Street
12:00 p.m. – 12:35 p.m.

Tuesdays

Belmead School
9011 – 182 Street
12:00 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Mayfield School
10950 – 159 Street
11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Wednesdays

Sherwood School
9550 – 152 Street
11:40 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Lauderdale School
10610 – 129 Avenue
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Thursdays

Inglewood School
11515 – 127 Street
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Fridays

Brightview School
15425 – 106 Avenue
11:40 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

To become a mentor, or to register your children for the program, please contact Andrea W., Aboriginal Programs Supervisor, at 780-481-3451 or by e-mail andreaw@bentarrow.ca.

 

Coyote Pride Wants You!!!

Are you interested in spending time with Elementary youth, and making a positive impact on a young person’s life?  If so, then the Coyote Pride Mentoring Program is the place for you!

We are currently seeking volunteer mentors for the Coyote Pride Mentoring Program that we run in eight Edmonton Public Schools.  It is a program that teaches the youth about Aboriginal culture.  You do not have to be Aboriginal or be knowledgeable in the Aboriginal culture to participate.  All we require of you is to spend a lunch hour or an hour in the afternoon to meet and build positive relationships with the students in a group setting, all while learning the First Nations culture through activities, crafts and teachings.  You do not need special skills to become a mentor, just a desire to make a difference in a child’s life.  By just being there you will!

If you are interested, please contact either Lori G. or Andrea W. for more information on what schools, days and time – lori.gladue@bentarrow.ca / andreaw@bentarrow.ca