When does the program begin and end?
The program will begin for mentor training in September and the first session for all participants is October. The program runs through June.
Is there a full year schedule so we know what days the programs is on?
In general the program will run according to the Jewish / school year calendar. We will pause for major Jewish holidays and school vacations. A detailed calendar will be emailed to you upon acceptance.
How many outings will there be throughout the year?
We will be hosting a Mentor/Mentee Shabbat dinner sometime around mid-year. We will also be finishing off the year with a sports outing such as a trip to the Jays game.
What if my child does not have any homework?
In general, it is best for your child to come with homework, as this is what the mentor is prepared to help with. We will have resources on hand for the mentor to access and use.
How many spots are available in this program?
This year we will be accepting a maximum of 15 mentors and 15 mentees per evening program.
What if my child needs to miss one day?
In the same way that the mentor is expected to attend weekly, as they know a child is waiting there for them and looking forward to the session, so too we must be considerate of the time the teen volunteers are putting aside to connect with their mentee. Therefore, in the event that a session needs to be cancelled, we ask that parents inform us ahead of time. A child which misses more than 4 sessions will be asked to give their spot to another child.
What is the mentee application fee for?
During each session, snacks and refreshments will be provided. While our mentors do not receive payment as they are volunteers, your donation helps offset a portion of the overhead costs. However, please note that if you would like to apply to the program but the fee is financially difficult, please contact us. JYN’s long-standing policy is that no child is denied access to any JYN program due to lack of funds.
What are the benefits in being a Mentor?
Can I put this on my resume or university application?
Absolutely. JYN would be glad to be a reference for your volunteerism and achievements in JYN connect and vouch for the skills you have demonstrated and acquired through this amazing program.
What day of the week does JYN connect run on?
We are running JYN Connect on two nights a week. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. You can register for one or both evenings.