Mentoring Youth in New Directions (MYIND)

June 8, 2011 - Updated: June 8, 2011

Terrequity Children's Foundation (TCF) is pleased to announce its most recent contribution to Mentoring Youth in New Directions (MYIND).

Mentoring Youth in New Directions (MYIND) is a mentoring program for at-risk boys at schools in some of Toronto's priority neighbourhoods. Its purpose is to help circumvent negative behaviour choices, while developing interpersonal schools and appropriate strategies for problem solving and decision-making.

The program targets students in grades 6-10 who are known to police, have a history of school suspensions, are disruptive in classrooms and in the community, are performing below grade-level in core subjects, and/or are chronically late or absent from school.

The mentoring workshops are delivered over a 20-week period to groups of 5-8 students. The workshops cover topics including problem solving, decision-making, cooperation, being empathetic, taking responsibility for actions, and being assertive.

Mentoring Youth in New Directions began 5 years ago and currently has programs in 18 TDSB schools, working with 144 boys. Current MYIND mentors include Toronto Argonaut Richard Seigler and Hamilton Tiger Cat Tyler Ebell.

Terrequity Children's Foundation's donation will go directly to supporting the continued work of MYIND in schools and its expansion to other TDSB schools in priority neighbourhoods.

TCF would like to thank Terri Perras for recommending that it support Mentoring Youth in New Directions. Terri is a supporter and fundraising for the program.

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