Youth Accelerator Project

If you are reading this now, you have already taken the first step in making a difference in the life of a young person.

Be somebody to someone.
Be a mentor.

The Youth Accelerator Project (YAP) is designed to help maximize the potential of all our youth, but particularly racialized youth.

With the support of a positive, caring adult, young people are motivated and inspired to performing well in school. A young person is more likely to become a well-rounded, independent adult with the help and guidance of a mentor.

This is why we focus on enabling youth to expand their minds, build confidence, and persevere through various challenges.

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Children and youth benefit from mentorship in many areas.


We provide mental health and tutoring supports, introduction to key people, physical activities, grants, and awards, and other resources.


We equip youth to develop confidence and learn to exercise their voice in advocating for themselves, their families, and communities and learn to value and embrace their life story.


Engagement in experiences that promote growth and development plays an essential role in promoting vitality and contribution. The experience might include trips to Toronto camping and canoeing trips, access to music lessons, access to sports teams, and art lessons.


We offer opportunities to learn about and practice leadership, plan events, budget for programs, and develop other life-changing skills.


We intentionally support the academic pursuits of our youth in a relational context. In partnership with the WRDSB school board, we address systemic and personal barriers.


Healthy relationships are essential because they tie together the entire growth process. Youth must know that they have an adult in their corner, believing in them and their potential.

Learn more about how you can create a brighter future for young people.

Make an extraordinary impact on the life of a young person

A small investment of your time offers opportunities to our young people to find support, inspiration, and motivation.

Express your Interest


The mentorship program is an agreement between A4C and each mentor. Interested individuals will be asked to fill out a mentor profile form and undergo the screening process. Selected candidates will then undergo training and will be paired with a mentee.
The program is 3 – 6 months long, depending on the availability of the mentor. Each mentor will meet with their mentee 2 – 4 times a month for at least one hour per session.

A4C will provide support for each mentor to ensure the mentoring experience is successful for both the mentor and the mentee. Our support includes an orientation session, training programs for mentors, and coaching support throughout the program.

This session will provide new mentors the opportunity to learn more about the program, which will help them get started.

There will be four 1-hour sessions that will focus on learning key development areas that will prepare and equip our mentors.

Ongoing Coaching and Support
We will constantly follow up with you throughout the program to get your feedback and provide support as needed.

Please send us an email at, or you can call us at 519-884-1839.

There are many ways you can help build a vibrant future for racialized children and youth in our Waterloo neighbourhoods.

Be the change you want to see in your community

Support YAP

Be a Mentor

We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate, dedicated, and caring adults who will teach, inspire, motivate, and empower children and youth.

Be a Sponsor

We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate, dedicated, and caring adults who will teach, inspire, motivate, and empower children and youth.


Your support goes a long way in making sure that everyone is empowered to achieve their full potential through participation in programs that build their confidence, help them gain new skills, and provide them a better quality of life.


Share our Story. Your voice is a mighty force that can move people and communities to do great things. Create a better future for the children, youth, and families we serve by speaking up for them, making people aware of the challenges they face.

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” Dalai Lama