Girls Group Mentoring Toolkit

This Girls Group Mentoring Toolkit provides the tools, resources and support to create, implement, deliver and evaluate a quality group mentoring program for girls, ages 9-13, in your community. The Toolkit is intended to be used in a range of communities, and can be adapted to the unique values, needs, strengths and challenges that each community encompasses.

Additional Resources: Program Population

Girls in Canada:

Child Development Handout
This handout can be downloaded, and contains information about the developmental stages of girls in the 9–13 age range, as well as mentoring tips for girls.

Girls in Canada 2005: A Report Prepared for the Canadian Womens Foundation
This report highlights the trends, statistics, challenges and opportunities for girls and girls’ programming in Canada. http://www.canadianwomen.org/sites/canadianwomen.org/files/PDF%20-%20Girls%20in%20Canada%20Report%202005.pdf

Beyond Appearances: Brief On the Main Issues Facing Girls in Canada
The Girls Action Foundation shares this report, which covers three main topics: The main issues facing girls in Canada, girls who face multiple barriers and what girls need to succeed.
http://girlsactionfoundation.ca/en/beyond-appearances-brief-on-the-main-issues-facing-girls-in-canada

Aboriginal Girls:

Handbook for Aboriginal Mentoring: What. Why. How. Who?
A guidebook to setting up a mentoring program for Aboriginal Communities.
http://albertamentors.ca/wp-content/themes/albertamentors/library/amp-toolkits/create-a-mentoring-program-toolkits/tools-for-mentoring-in-aboriginal-communities/pdf/Handbook%20for%20Aboriginal%20Mentoring.pdf

Tools for Mentoring in Aboriginal Communities
A toolkit of basics for starting a mentoring program in an Aboriginal Community. http://albertamentors.ca/create-a-mentoring-program/tools-for-mentoring-in-aboriginal-communities/

Prospects for Aboriginal Mentoring: A Preliminary Review
An Alberta study that explores the mainstream concepts of mentoring and Aboriginal perspectives. Key elements for Aboriginal mentoring program are shared. http://albertamentors.ca/research-portal/prospects-aboriginal-mentoring-preliminary-review/

Northern Girls Research Review: A Compilation of Research on Northern, Rural and Aboriginal Girlsand Young Womens Issues
The Girls Action Foundation provides this resource to share information about the realities facing Northern, rural and/or Aboriginal girls and young women in Canada. http://girlsactionfoundation.ca/en/northern-girls-research-review-a-compilation-of-research-on-northern-rural-and-aboriginal-girls-and-young-womens-issues

Immigrant & Refugee Girls:

Creating Successful Programs for Immigrant Youth
Based on the population of youth in New York, this article describes the assets that
immigrant youth possess and useful strategies for three kinds of program development: with youth themselves, their parents and their schools. http://www.actforyouth.net/resources/pm/pm_creatingsuccess_1204.pdf

Mentoring Immigrant and Refugee for Youth: A Toolkit for Program Coordinators
An American toolkit that outlines the important aspects and considerations when mentoring Immigrant and Refugee youth. http://www.mentoring.org/downloads/mentoring_1197.pdf

Tools for Mentoring Immigrant Communities
A Toolkit that guides you through the basics for starting a mentoring program in an Immigrant Community. http://albertamentors.ca/create-a-mentoring-program/tools-for-mentoring-immigrant-communities/

Resources for Working with Newcomer Youth
A guide for organizations working with newcomer youth. Includes many additional resources and links. http://www.cin-ric.ca/PDFs/Resources_for_Working_with_NC_Youth.pdf

Immigrant Girls Research Review: A Compilation of Research on Immigrant Girlsand Young Womens Issues
The Girls Action Foundation provides this report, which summarizes recent research and information about immigrant girls in Canada. http://girlsactionfoundation.ca/files/Immigrant_Girls_RR_Web.pdf

Racialized Girls:

Racialized Girls Research Review: A Compilation of Research on Racilaized Girlsand Young Womens Issues
The Girls Action Foundation provides this research review, which shares innovative research about the realities that racialized girls face and the factors that impact their lives. http://girlsactionfoundation.ca/en/racialized-girls-research-review-a-compilation-of-research-on-racialized-girls-and-young-women-s-issues

Youth Mentoring: Do Race and Ethnicity Really Matter?
As part of the Research In Action Series, MENTOR provides this resource, which includes information about fostering cultural sensitivity in mentors. http://www.mentoring.org/downloads/mentoring_390.pdf

Girls with Disabilities:

Partners for Youth with Disabilities Resources
This website contains a number of valuable resources for working with and mentoring youth with disabilities, including a Best Practices guideline and a training manual mentors. http://www.pyd.org/organizations-and-nonprofits.php

Creating Mentoring Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities: Issues and Suggested Strategies
This report outlines some good questions and considerations to ensure that your program is accessible by all. http://www.ncset.org/publications/viewdesc.asp?id=704


Girls and Mental Health:

Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls
This report contextualizes the reality that girls face today and the various forces and factors contributing to the sexualization of girls.  http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/girls/report-summary.pdf

Healthy Behaviour in School-Aged Children
This report draws from extensive research to identify trends and issues in the behavior of young children, evaluating results across age cohorts and gender.
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/dca-dea/publications/hbsc-mental-mentale/assets/pdf/hbsc-mental-mentale-eng.pdf

The Mental Health Strategy for Canada: A Youth Perspective
The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Youth Council developed this comprehensive strategy and resource guide for organizations to hear how to support youth’s mental health from their perspective.
http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/initiatives-and-projects/mental-health-strategy-canada/youth-perspective

Girls and Sexual and Gender Variance:

InclusiveProgramming: Gender Variance Considerations
Additional information about gender variance and how programs can remain inclusive and accepting of all youth.
mentoringgirls.ca/program-population/downloads/Additional Information - Inclusive Programming - Gender Variance Considrations.pdf

Forum: How can mentors serve as advocates for GLBTQ youth?
A discussion about how mentors can advocate for and support sexual and gender minority youth. http://chronicle.umbmentoring.org/forum-how-can-mentors-serve-as-advocates-for-glbtq-youth/
           
Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS)
The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) conducts research focused on helping sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth to mediate life in family, school, healthcare and other environments. http://www.ismss.ualberta.ca/research

The Genderbread Person
This graphic explains the concepts of gender identity and expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation. http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Printable-Genderbread-Person-11X17.pdf

LGBTQ Inclusion in Youth Program Environments
Provides some insightful strategies to ensure your program is inclusive. http://www.actforyouth.net/resources/pm/pm_lgbtq_0613.cfm

LGBT Inclusion Audit
Directs organizations to look at their space and materials while asking the question: Is what I am seeing and reading congruent with messages of pluralism, acceptance, diversity and respect of LGBT people, families and allies? http://www.outforhealth.org/files/all/out_for_health_lgbt_inclusion_audit.pdf

Girls in Rural and Remote Communities:

A Compilation of Research on Rural Girlsand Young Womens Issues
The Girls Action Foundation provides this compilation of research about girls and young women in rural communities to strengthen the programs that serve them.
http://girlsactionfoundation.ca/en/a-compilation-of-research-on-rural-girls-and-young-womens-issues

Northern Girls Research Review: A Compilation of Research on Northern, Rural and Aboriginal Girlsand Young Womens Issues
The Girls Action Foundation provides this resource to share information about the realities facing Northern, rural and/or Aboriginal girls and young women in Canada. http://girlsactionfoundation.ca/en/northern-girls-research-review-a-compilation-of-research-on-northern-rural-and-aboriginal-girls-and-young-womens-issues

Girls in Care:

Mentors Corner: Mentoring youth in foster care.
A discussion about mentoring a youth who is currently in foster care.
http://chronicle.umbmentoring.org/mentors-corner-mentoring-youth-in-foster-care/

Alberta Education and Human Services: Success In School for Children and Youth in Care
Alberta Education and Human Services have created a number of resources for support children and youth in care in Alberta. http://education.alberta.ca/admin/supportingstudent/collaboration/ppf.aspx


Contact: mentoringgirls(at)canadianwomen.org