The "Journey" Mentoring Program has been successful in helping people grow in a healthy sense of themselves, improved social skills, and healthier, happier close relationships. Our mentees come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and the Journey process is highly adaptable to ensure it is relevant to the circumstances our mentors deal with.
We believe that opposite to loneliness, anxiety, depression and substance abuse is meaningful connection with other people. We also believe there is an army of mature, stable men and women who would love to find a way to participate meaningfully in changing the world – if only there was a way...
“I’ve never had anyone I can talk to like this before”.
“It’s good. There’s no (expletive deleted)”.
We have reports of reconciliations in families, people leaving drug habits, and isolated people finding a place in community.
“Now that I have been a mentor, I get it. Can I please have a mentor for myself”
“This is awesome. Give me another mentee.”
“Every real man should be a mentor”. (Not PC - but you get the drift)
What a Journey Mentor Does
Establish and maintain a positive and supportive relationship with Mentees.
Support a Mentee through an ongoing, one-to-one, mutually respectful relationship.
Encourage self-esteem and motivation.
Help set goals and work towards accomplishing them.
Provide one-to-one weekly support to the Mentee.
Provide consistency and continuity to Mentees who may be in a period of crisis or transition.
Present as an accessible, positive role-model.
Coach, assist support, and motivate the Mentee in developing the social, intra-personal, and inter-personal skills that will assist them in achieving and sustaining their personal goals.
Encourage and support the Mentee in pursuing their employment, training, and education.
Assist the mentee in accessing existing community resources.
Work within guidelines to ensure accountability, safety and helpfulness.
Participate in individual and peer support sessions, and in ongoing training.
Paul has worked professionally and personally in the human services field for over 20 years. After a lifetime of following his passion for helping others, Paul launched Compassion Coaching (a life coaching practice) as an opportunity to share his skills widely and enthusiastically with others.
Paul has been described as innovative, maverick, challenging, inspiring, compassionate, a catalyst for life change, a mentor, and at times challenging.
Journey mentoring is the fulfilment of a long held vision Paul has carried. He is now the director of training, and he and the crew at Compassion coaching conduct our initial and in service training.
While all of this is valuable, just as valuable has been Paul’s own journey of personal development and the quest to understand and grow himself. Paul has a long-held core philosophy for working with people:
“Meet people where they are at, not where you think they should be.”