Men­tor­ing Plus will pair young adults with re­tirees to ex­plore ca­reer paths

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS -

It has been noted Nova Sco­tia has a large re­tired pop­u­la­tion.

The find­ings have shown that many re­tirees want to be mean­ing­fully en­gaged in their com­mu­nity. On the other side, we have teenagers and young adults who have been un­suc­cess­ful in mak­ing the tran­si­tion into a ca­reer.

There are many rea­sons for this, in­clud­ing the im­pact of how tech­nol­ogy is chang­ing the way we work, how se­cure are the new op­por­tu­ni­ties that are aris­ing, and the im­pact of the global econ­omy, to men­tion a few. These is­sues are hav­ing an im­pact on choos­ing a ca­reer path for many young adults.

To ad­dress this chal­lenge, the two groups are be­ing brought to­gether to lever­age the knowl­edge of the re­tirees, to help the young adult pop­u­la­tion achieve this. This is be­ing done through a pro­gram called Men­tor­ing Plus.

Men­tor­ing Plus draws upon the skills and knowl­edge of re­tirees to help sup­port young adults aged 16 and older to ex­plore and con­nect to ca­reer paths re­lated to the Fu­ture of Work, by Im­ple­ment­ing Team Men­tor­ing Ini­tia­tives.

There will be free ori­en­ta­tion ses­sions held in Kentville. For re­tirees, the ses­sion will be Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lions Hall in Kentville, which is lo­cated at 78 River St. For agen­cies, or­ga­ni­za­tions and schools that serve youth 15 plus and young adults, the ses­sion will be Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kentville Fire Hall at 463 Main St.

Both ses­sions will have lunch pro­vided. To regis­ter please e-mail Angie McWaid via am­cwaid@kentville­po­lice.ca by Oct. 9.

The ses­sions are be­ing held in part­ner­ship with the Col­lege of Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion at Dal­housie Univer­sity, Kentville Po­lice Ser­vice and the New Hori­zons for Se­niors pro­gram.

Con­tact Gor­don Michael at gor­don. michael@dal.ca or 902-580-4588 for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

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