Every member of this community deserves the opportunity to live a healthy, productive and vibrant life. But many young people in Peel face multiple barriers to success that put them at an increased risk of poverty, and of never achieving their full potential.
The Black Community Advisory Council (BCAC) Mentoring Program is a community-based one-to-one mentorship program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel that matches Black youth (ages 12-17) with a Black adult mentor at a critical time in their lives. Mentors offer support while promoting positive self-identity through participation in various cultural activities that help youth feel rooted in their community.
Research shows that young people with mentors experience healthier relationships and lifestyle choices, improved self-esteem and self-confidence and a better attitude about school and their future.
Since the program began in 2013, almost 50 Black youth in Peel have been matched with a Black adult mentor. Tyrone, a mentee in the program, says his mentor Richard has not only become a good friend and someone to talk to, but he has encouraged him to focus on trying harder and doing better, making a real difference in his life. The program’s success was recently honoured with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Partner of the Year Award.
With your support, United Way of Peel Region is helping put children and youth on a path to success by investing in their future. The mentorship program aims to change a young person’s life by ensuring they have the skills, resources and opportunities to become successful adults — helping them be all they can be.