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PRISM is an innovative mentoring program designed specifically for the LGBTTQ2IA* community in Winnipeg.

The first of its kind in Manitoba, the PRISM program matches children and youth who identify as LGBTTQ2IA* with an adult mentor who also identifies as LGBTTQ2IA* for a one on one mentoring relationship. Through regular outings, the match will foster a friendship that is supportive, empowering and fun!

The PRISM program requires volunteers to commit to one outing per week, for a couple of hours. Mentors and mentees are asked to commit for a minimum of one year.

The purpose of a PRISM match is to:

• provide role models for LGBTTQ2IA* children and youth

• Foster pride and self-confidence

• Create inter-generational connections within Winnipeg's    LGBTTQ2IA* community

• Offer LGBTTQ2IA* children and youth a safe adult mentor to  discuss identity with

• And above all, have fun!

Children and youth interested in being matched with a mentor must:

• Self identify as LGBTTQ2IA*

• Be between 9 and 17 years old

• Want a mentor who identifies as LGBTTQ2IA*

The LGBTTQ2IA* community has a rich legacy of forging informal mentoring networks as a mode of survival. Today, the community has made great strides, yet LGBTTQ2IA* youth continue to face barriers.

Research shows that formal mentoring programs are a powerful, protective factor for this demographic as they develop their own unique sense of self.

Volunteer mentors are extensively screened and properly trained before they are matched. Each match receives the ongoing support of a professional caseworker through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg.

 

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