First Nations, Métis, and Inuit adolescents
Initiative Description: 2 years of a mentoring program (1 hr per week for 18 weeks) with topics based on the Medicine Wheel (student interest, Creation story, creating positive attitudes and atmospheres, bullying, healthy eating, media FNMI representation, sharing and listening, goal setting, positive decision making skills, communication skills, peer pressure, personal strengths, peer conflicts) delivered via structured skills based activities, cultural teachings and group discussion
Study Results: Resulted in self-reported greater positive cultural identity and better mental health compared to those receiving 1 year or no mentoring.
Reference: Crooks, C. V., Exner-Cortens, D., Burm, S., Lapointe, A., & Chiodo, D. (2017). Two years of relationship-focused mentoring for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit adolescents: Promoting positive mental health. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 38(1-2), 87-104. doi:10.1007/s10935-016-0457-0
Level of Evidence: Good