The Women’s Economic Council is excited to announce that we are launching Her Mentors, a research project funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The finding resulting from this study will help better understand the needs of newcomer women in mentorship programs and how service providers can develop inclusive targeted interventions.
Mentorship is an affordable and accessible tool that can build skills, advance career goals, improve community connections and increase self-esteem. Racialized newcomer women can gain more access to employment and self-employment opportunities through the successful implementation of inclusive mentorship. The research findings, tools, and resources that emerge from this project will help fill gaps in existing programs and raise awareness among community partners, members, and providers about newcomer women’s needs.
What are the goals of this project?
Her Mentors has three primary goals:
- Grow the economic security of racialized newcomer women by examining the impact of mentorship programs on the outcomes of their settlement in Canada.
- Increase the settlement sector’s resilience, inclusivity, and adaptability by sharing knowledge and creating tools that reduce the cost, time and resources partners and service providers allocate to make their mentorship programs more inclusive.
- Deliver value immediately to newcomer women by testing and providing a customized, antiracist, and strength-based mentorship model that connects them with established Canadian and immigrant mentors.
As a newcomer woman, how do I benefit from participation?
This is a great opportunity for you to :
- Connect with a mentor who can help you navigate the next stage of your career.
- Learn new skills to advance and increase your opportunities for employment or self-employment.
- Get access to knowledge, tools, and resources.
Criteria for Selection
We welcome racialized newcomer women with:
- Permanent Resident (PR) status or PR in the process of being finalized
- Refugee status or protected person
- Temporary foreign worker approved under the previous Live-in Caregiver program
To sign up, please fill out this registration form here.
If you do not meet the criteria, do not hesitate to join the project as a volunteer to stay included!
As a researcher, professional, or NPO, how can I support this project?
We welcome researchers and nonprofits to join our steering committee. We are also thrilled to collaborate with organizations that provide mentorship and provide referrals for new participants. If you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you would like to contribute.
If you are a professional looking to mentor newcomer women please fill out this form here. We are excited to see the mentorships outcomes which evolve from this initiative, and look forward to matching you!
November 2021 – March 2024