Young people who are mentored are 53 percent more likely to report good mental health, and more than twice as likely to report a strong sense of belonging in their community. But a majority of young people surveyed by MENTOR Canada said they didn’t know how to find a mentor online.
Young people have ideas and mindsets that can address the toughest social challenges Canada faces. But they’re too often unheard, underestimated, and overworked within social impact organizations.
How does your organizational culture need to change to better support young leaders? Ten young changemakers weigh in.
Young people have long been at the forefront of grassroots social change, but their voices are too often ignored in more institutional settings. Shifting organizational culture to better support young leaders could mean more progress for the causes these organizations work toward.
According to MENTOR Canada’s 2020 national research, youth who had a formal mentor were three times more likely to report good self-rated mental health. Meanwhile, the pandemic has meant a huge increase in demand for mental health services among young people.
Young people who are mentored are 53 percent more likely to report good mental health, and more than twice as likely to report a strong sense of belonging in their community. At a time when youths’ mental wellbeing and career prospects are limited by the pandemic, an equitable recovery requires a stronger culture of mentorship across the country.
Much of the social impact world’s learning and development happens through connection — learning from others in the field, and having deep conversations. A pandemic makes that difficult, but not impossible, says e180’s Christine Renaud.
Networking is an essential way for social impact professionals to make new connections, find jobs, share knowledge, and collaborate on projects. Ensuring that networks remain alive during the pandemic is one important way for the sector to remain collaborative and focused at a time of great uncertainty.
In Canada, only 50 percent of businesses make it past five years. With mentorship, that number can jump to 70 percent. Despite such evidence, there still aren’t enough mentorship opportunities for social impact founders in Canada. What needs to change?
By 2030, almost one in four Canadians will be seniors. To fill the gap, non-profit boards will need to bring on young people — not to mention address their lack of diversity in other areas, too. We’re here to help, with insights from our 2019 Youth Reshaping Governance list.
To reach new generations of donors, volunteers, and employees, organizations update their tactics and learn to reflect the changing communities around them, say four young leaders in a digital roundtable with Future of Good.