In-School Mentoring

In School Mentoring

“The students get so excited for their match to come – they look forward to it all week. That special time dedicated for just them does so much to improve their self-esteem”.

— ISM School Liaison


“His Big Brother is sometimes the one reason he wants to go to school on a particular day. It gives him something to look forward to and be excited about.”

— Parent of an ISM Little Brother


My favourite memory is the first drawing my mentee gave me.”

— ISM Big Sister

Step 1: General Information

In-School Mentoring provides elementary students who could benefit from extra emotional, social or academic support, with a caring adult Mentor. The goal is for students to become engaged, connected and confident members of their school and community.

Volunteer Commitment: 1 hour/week

The In-School Mentoring program requires a weekly visit of 1 hour for the duration of the school year. You are matched with a student in grades 1-8 based on common interests and location. The match takes place on school property during the school day and lasts until the end of the school year (April/June).

Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the Mentor and the child, built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced Program Coordinators. The result is a life-changing experience for both the volunteer Mentor and child.

Our volunteers are caring adults, with various skill sets and a range of experience working with children. Volunteers are extensively screened, receive training regarding child safety, and are supported through consistent contact with Program Coordinators.

The In-School Mentoring Program strives to:

  • provide a role model and a friend for girls and boys.
  • promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers.
  • instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions.
  • encourage leadership skills and independent thinking.
  • and above all, make a difference while having fun.

Change a child’s life today apply now. Imagine who they will become because if you!

Step 2: Requirements

To become an In-School Mentor, you must be:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Live, work or reside in Waterloo region
  • Able to commit to 1 hour per week for a minimum of 4 months
  • Have weekday daytime availability
  • Interested in developing a positive friendship with a child or youth in grades 1-8

Step 3: How it Works


I’m Alicia

Your Program Coordinator

I’m here to help you get started!

Application Form

Please complete the online application form. You will be contacted by a Program Coordinator within 5-7 business days regarding next steps.

Email Confirmation

We will send an email to confirm we’ve received your application along with a police check letter and your orientation manual.

Developmental Relationship & Pre-Match Training

We will send you an email with a link to book yourself into group training. Materials including a short Primer Video will be attached in the email. Training is mandatory and must be completed prior to matching in an agency program.

Police Check & References

Police Checks must be returned to our office and references must be completed before an interview can be scheduled.


An agency Program Coordinator will contact you to book a time to complete the Interview and Pre-Match Training.


If you are accepted as a volunteer, you will receive confirmation from an agency Program Coordinator with information on next steps.

* Due to COVID-19 limitations, we are currently experiencing higher than normal delays in processing volunteer applications and matching our programs. We appreciate your patience during this time.* 

Step 4: Apply Now!

Thank you for wanting to volunteer your time to youth in need of a Mentor. We look forward to meeting you and working together to ensure that all youth have the chance to reach their potential.

Application Instructions:

Any applications received after March 2024 will not be matched in the program until September 2024 school year.

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  3. Questions? Call 519-745-0180 ext. 222 or email
  4. As part of the application process, we require 3 references over the age of 18. Please ensure that you have informed your references that we will be contacting them and encourage them to check their email (including junk mail folder) for the reference email.
  5. Please read the full reference instructions on the application to ensure the right contact is provided. Note, a vulnerable sector reference must be someone you’ve reported to and cannot be a family member.
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