“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside of yourself.” Oprah Winfrey

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito” Anonymous


Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but he or she must have a certain area of expertise. Wikipedia

What is the Mentorship Program?ujimajobfair

Jaku Konbit is proud to launch their official Mentorship Program. Since the year 2000, Jaku Konbit has touched and impacted the lives of hundreds of youth and families in the Ottawa region. In that time, we have always been mentors and facilitated mentoring relationships between members of our community. Whether it has been our special guest speakers and presenters at our day camps or presenters at our Kwanzaa Celebrations or tutors in the Black Star Tutoring Program or seniors with summer campers in the community garden; in some fashion or another, Jaku Konbit has been in the forefront in the Ottawa Afro Caribbean community serving as leaders, role models and mentors to children and families.

We believe even the slightest positive influence has the potential to change a child’s life. Formalizing the work that we have been doing, Jaku Konbit will now incorporate mentoring into its existing programs such as the Day Camps, Youth Employment and Black Star Tutoring. We are also introducing new ones that you don’t want to miss. These exciting new programs include:

  1. African History Classes
  2. Youth Outreach Program
  3. High School Volunteer Hours Program

In 2018, Jaku Konbit’s Mentorship Program was supported by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services; specifically, their Ontario Black Youth Action Plan. As such, much of our programming is supported to focus exclusively on black children and youth.

How to Get Involved

Whether you have 2 hours or 20 hours in a year to contribute, there is a role for you to play. We have several options to accommodate any schedule:

Group Mentor                                                 One-to-One Mentor

  1. Guest speaker (topic/talent specific)           6 weeks of 2-hour activities
  2. Support group                                              1 x 2-hr training & introductions meeting
  3. Workshop/class                                            1 closing meeting
  4. Webinar
  5. Coach

Be the mentor you wish you had!

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