KidStart Volunteer Mentoring Program

John Howard KidStart is a 1-to-1 mentoring program in Campbell River (and area) and the Comox Valley that is designed for children and youth aged 6-18 who are struggling for different reasons.  Volunteer mentors spend a minimum of 3 hours per week for a year or longer with their mentees doing recreational activities (hiking, baking, crafts, swimming, etc).

100% of children and youth involved in KidStart for a year or longer report it has a positive impact on their self-esteem and confidence. 

KidStart recruits, screens and trains nurturing adult role models to mentor vulnerable children and youth. The mentor and buddy relationship is a recreationally-based friendship. Research shows that young people in need who have mentors having a better chance of reaching their potential.

Population Served

Young people and families with diverse needs.

Address / Contact Info

The John Howard Society of North Island
140 - 10th Ave Campbell River, BCV9W 4E3

Phone Numbers

Phone: (250) 286-0611

Hours of Operation

Regular hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch

Web Links

Service Details

Regional Centres ServedCampbell River, Comox Valley, Quathiaski Cove
Program fee0.00
Program fee notesFree service
Referral protocolself

Location Map

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This program was last updated on: 14 May 2021.