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Be a Coach - Change Your Life...and Someone Else’s

March 3rd, 2014

If you knew donating just 1.5 hours of the 168 you have available per week could change 10 kids’ lives forever, would you do it?

Here’s your opportunity.

Kids Now is looking for Volunteer Coach mentors to deliver after school in-school leadership programming to students in grades 7 through 9 in the Edmonton area.


Kids Now is a proactive afterschool program that works to empower youth with life-success skills so they can make positive choices. As a national youth organization, we provide free after school mentoring programs to students in grades 7 through 9. Our program aims to build resiliency and help kids to confidently make the transition into high school.

Since 1999, we have worked with more than 14,000 youth across Canada, in more than 1,400 programs. We match one mentor with 10 students in a 12-week curriculum based program that builds important life-success skills such as: self-esteem, conflict resolution, goal setting,communication and stress management skills.

Our program takes an anti-bullying focus because we realize the impact this issue is having on youth. We strive to equip participants with the tools neccessary so they can confidently stand up and say NO to bullying NOW.

Youth today face many challenges regardless of their socio-economic status. We target students through grades 7 to 9 because it is a time when they face major pressures and transitions that will directly affect their future. When youth transition from elementary school to high school without the skills and support from a mentor, they can easily derail from their path to success. Organizations like Kids Now are pivotal in building resilient youth, minimizing high school dropout rates, and at risk behavior, which can endanger a young person’s chance to a post secondary education and employability.

Peer pressure, drugs, bullying, lack of self-esteem, and depression are real issues young people face. Many lack the skills to deal with these situations and often feel that there is nowhere to turn for help.  We are an organization kids can count on to help them build their self-esteem, acquire the skills to overcome these challenges, and have someone to talk to in a supportive environment. We do not focus on where kids come from but where they are going.

When you volunteer as a coach-mentor, you become a positive influence during a critical developmental period in a kid’s life, Jr. High.  It’s a time when kids make choices that can change the course of their lives forever.

A major US study found that young people with mentors are: 

   46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to begin using alcohol

   52% less likely to skip school and more confident in their performance in school work

   able to get along better with their families

Now here’s the best part: As a coach-mentor you’ll improve your life too!  Research confirms that people gain a multitude of skills from volunteering, including enhanced interpersonal skills and improved ability to understand people, motivate others, and deal with difficult situations. In fact, coaches often confirm they apply the skills they developed through the program to their daily lives.

Do you have what it takes?  Are you:

        Fun and enthusiastic?

        Able to relate to kids?  

        Open to other cultures and diversity? 

        At least 21 years old? 

        Committed to making a positive difference in kids’ lives?

        Interested in developing new skills

If you answered “yes” to the above, then is the right choice for you. 

What’s involved?

        One three-hour training session with other coach-mentors

        Weekly 1.5 hour sessions for 12 weeks (fall or spring programs)

        Half-hour prep time each week for 12 weeks 

Convinced? Great! Here’s how you sign-up:

   Complete and submit the online application at

        Attend a personal interview with a program manager

        Pass a personal reference check and a police check

For more information: Visit Coaches’ Corner at 

Amanda Sigaty, Program Manager

Twitter: @Kids_Now



Here’s What Our Coaches Say:

“ shook my world for the better. It’s a venue for people like me, who want to inspire our youth into a world of possibilities.”

- Dr. Vikas Bansal

“They say when you teach something to someone, that’s when you really learn it. This is certainly true in my case. I have been able to use the skills I’m teaching through the program in my daily work.”

- Louanna Rajack-Mootoo

1500 avenue road p.o. box 1314 toronto ontario m3m 0x0     416.488.4848/1.877.407.4848     charitable registration no. 868168113RR0001

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