In the Lower Mainland
KidStart is a one-to-one volunteer mentoring program available to children and youth who face challenges at home, at school, with peers or in the community.
What We Do
KidStart, at its core, is a prevention program. We provide children and youth who are at risk of experiencing serious difficulties in their lives, with the one-to-one support of a caring volunteer mentor. Our aim is to help these young people make good choices despite challenging circumstances, preventing them from needing more intensive social services later on in life.
Anyone can refer a child aged 6-12 to KidStart including school teachers, counsellors, parents, guardians, family members and the police. To access the teens program, a professional referral from a social worker or probation officer is required. To find out more, please email us.
When you support KidStart, you help ensure that regardless of circumstances, any child can have a caring adult in their life. Become a one-time or monthly donor and help us provide positive and meaningful relationships to young people in your community.
Now, three years down the road, I can’t help but think about where we began. It’s been an incredible journey being a mentor to this young person. She’s opened up, shown her smart, independent and caring personality. The most beautiful part about it all is that I get to see a kid grow into her most authentic true self.
Over six years now, I have seen my mentee grow. He is now more honest, determined, responsible, cooperative and the most important, he has dreams about his future. I know that in the time we have spent together he has improved significantly. I can, without a doubt, say that KidStart has been a fantastic resource for my mentee and his family.
You can be a mentor! Join us and change a child’s life!
Are you looking to make a difference? Because you can! If you are 19 years of age, are in a stable routine and can commit three hours a week for a minimum of one year, you can be a mentor. No special skills are required, but lots of special experiences will be had!