Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Program

The Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Program is here to provide interest in business and create awareness of different business opportunities through social media networks & blackberry’s for students in grades 9-12. Out of 200 students that applied from 12 First Nation communities, 30 were then chosen to participate. Each mentor was then given about 5 students each to work with. Cape Breton University Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Studies hosted their first Aboriginal Youth Network Conferance on March 5th & 6th at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre and was a huge success. I really enjoyed meeting the students and hearing about their interests in the program and about university. It was nice to see how motivated and inspired the students became after hearing motivational speakers such as Candy Palmater (The Candy Show) and Jeff Ward (Owner of his own investigation company) talk about their own experiences when they were young and how to overcome some challenges that one may face when entering university. It was great to see the Premier of Nova Scotia (Darrell Dexter) in attendance to show his support and interact with students. I am honoured to be a mentor with CBU Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Studies and I am enjoying the correspondance that I have been having with the students and CBU. Having the opportunity to mentor such talented students is a reason why I enjoy what I do with this program. This is an exciting journey for them with endless opportunities.