PRISM – Mentoring for the 2SLGBTQIA* community

Program Overview

PRISM is an innovative mentoring program designed specifically for the 2SLGBTQIA* community in Winnipeg.

The first of its kind in Manitoba, the PRISM program matches children and youth who identify as 2SLGBTQIA* with an adult mentor who also identifies as 2SLGBTQIA*for a one on one mentoring relationship. Through regular outings, the match will foster a friendship that is supportive, empowering and fun!

The purpose of a PRISM match is to:

  • Provide role models for 2SLGBTQIA* children and youth
  • Foster pride and self-confidence
  • Create inter-generational connections within Winnipeg’s   2SLGBTQIA*    community
  • Offer 2SLGBTQIA*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 2SLGBTQIA*
  • Be between 9 and 17 years old
  • Want a mentor who identifies as 2SLGBTQIA*

The 2SLGBTQIA* community has a rich legacy of forging informal mentoring networks as a mode of survival. Today, the community has made great strides, yet 2SLGBTQIA* 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 Requirements

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.

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.