Introducing

Affinity Mentorship Foundation

Mission
Affinity Mentorship Foundation is a charitable society, which empowers young persons, who have been incarcerated, to develop relationships and community involvement by intentionally matching them with community mentors.

Vision
Thriving youth belonging and contributing to safe communities.

Our Values
Respect & Advocacy. Accountability & Transparency. Equality & Inclusiveness.
Living life to the Fullest!

Albert Trieschman


"The most important observation you can make is when you become
a glimmer in the child’s eyes and he becomes a glimmer in yours."

 

 

What We Do and Where We Are Going.

We are in the midst of establishing and operating a mentorship society to connect at risk youth to the community. This process will lead us down three paths: a mentorship program, a community centre and a housing program.

Our Mentorship Program:

This program will offer support to youth who are involved with the justice system in an effort to reduce recidivism rates. The start of AMF is youth-focused through mentorship, natural supports and community programs. Our goal is to reintegrate youth back into society with resources, supports and opportunities for youth to feel a sense of belonging and control within their lives. Staff and volunteer mentors will provide one-on-one support involving advocacy, goal setting, teaching/modeling basic life skills and community referrals.

The organization, through staff and volunteers, will offer weekly programs for its participants, which will vary depending on need and interest of participants. Some examples of proposed programming include: dance classes, horse activities, sport activities, musical activities and cultural activities, but are not limited to.

Our Future Community Centre:

The long-term goal of this organization is to run a large centre for the participants and volunteers to attend and be involved in, as members within a successful social community. The purpose of this centre is to provide a safe community for all involved in the organization. It will ultimately provide all participants with a community where they belong and receive services based on their needs, such as recreational, clinical, social, mental, cultural and so on. This will allow for participants to attend comfortably and receive voluntary services without the intimidation of entering a regular clinic and/or professional centre. Some areas of concentration within the centre will include: recreational facilities, such as a gymnasium and dance studio; day care centre; kitchen; lounging area (coffee zone) for socializing, reading and artistic/musical events; educational spaces for various classes offered to the participants based on needs and wants; and clinical areas for counseling and various other health practitioners. The hope is that participants will feel comfortable to enter and receive a holistic experience, and come out wanting to volunteer and/or become healthier members within the larger community. This community centre will be developed to suit the needs of our youth within Calgary.

Our Future Housing Program:

In the future, the organization will introduce a housing program to support youth in developing the life skills needed in order to be active members within their communities. The goal will be to facilitate a multi-level housing program, with on-site staff, which allows youth to move through levels of competency to achieve overall success within the house and community.

Dr. Martin Brokenleg


"The most potent behavioural influence that an adult can have in the life of a child comes when an attachment has been formed.
Adults who fear that strong relationships will lessen their authority and influence with youth are misinformed.”

 

 

The Founders Behind the Vision.

Justina GendyJustina Gendy, BA: Criminal Justice

I was born and raised here in Calgary, Alberta. I finished my undergrad at Mount Royal University with a BA in Criminal Justice. I am extremely passionate about youth and share an almost, if not completely, equal passion for the Justice System. I have worked with youth in various capacities over the last 7 years and have loved every single moment! I wanted to be a part of AMF because I want to be a part of something revolutionary for our youth. I want to see something fresh and new being done with our youth within the Justice System. I am so excited to be a part of this organization and to see what comes of it!

 

amf-9162_bwNicarla Ellis, BA: Psychology/Criminology

I am originally from Labrador City, NL and moved to Calgary in 2011 to be near the mountains. I am a compassionate and energetic being, and have been described by my peers as a go-getter. My educational background is in psychology and criminology and I have several years of experience working with young people from many paths of life. I felt driven to create something different for young people involved in the justice system after years of watching youth caught in a revolving door. My aim is to bring a reality to the word rehabilitation and help young people retire from criminal activity and end their involvement with the justice system for good.

 

amf-9234_bwTerra Buschmann, BA: Psychology

Originally from Saskatchewan, I ventured to Alberta to discover my passion: working with adolescents. After a few years of counselling and mentoring youth, I chose to obtain my BA in Psychology alongside my work. My heart is to see adolescents thrive. Through rapport and relationship, youth need to feel empathy, compassion and authenticity. My ability to show that I understand another’s life, without having experienced it, is a continual goal of mine. Through AMF, I strive to grow as an advocate for change, which assists at-risk youth within our community to adapt, grow and set goals for what is needed within their circumstances. The justice system, in respect to youth, is a place this is needed. Through our team, I am excited to see gaps within this community’s needs filled and youth feeling a positive control over their lives.


 

Our board consists of seven members from different paths of life.

Co-Chair/Secretary: Nicarla Ellis, BA: Psychology/Criminology
Co-Chair: Terra Buschmann, BA: Psychology
Vice-Chair: Justina Gendy, BA: Criminal Justice
Treasurer: Amber Halpenny, Correctional Studies Diploma/Homeless Population Socialization Certificate
Director: Debbie Hyman, MEd, RN
Director:Leslie Ortlieb, BHSc: Addictions Counselling
Director: Renita Bartlett, Justice Diploma

 

Who are our Board Members?

Amber Halpenny

I am born and raised here in Calgary, Alberta. For several years I have worked with youth at-risk and families experiencing homelessness. Throughout my career I have learned the importance of developing and maintaining natural supports and connecting to the community. I joined AMF because I believe our children are our future. I believe the concepts of AMF to be unique and individually based, and I’m excited to be a part of the positive change AMF will create in many young peoples lives.

 

Debbie Hyman

Ms. Debbie Hyman is the Wellness Development Manager for Manor Village Life Centers (MVLC). She holds a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and a Master of Education Degree both from the University of Calgary. She has held leadership positions throughout her career in the Health Care Industry. Her passions include empowering youth to become contributing members of society. Serving on the Board of Directors for Affinity Mentorship Foundation is one way she has chosen to give back to her community and feels AMF offers a great opportunity to do so. Together with her husband of thirty years, they have raised three adult children, all of whom they are extremely proud of!

 

Leslie Ortlieb

I was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta; graduating from the University of Lethbridge Addictions Counselling degree program in 2014. After the completion of my post-secondary schooling, I moved to Calgary to continue pursuing my career working with young offenders and youth who have involvement with Child and Family Services through the Enviros organization. I have a deep passion for providing hope, support, respect, integrity and empathy to youth who are continually afflicted by trials, challenges and loss. I look forward to this exciting new adventure and the many possibilities which can be created.

 

Renita Bartlett

I am originally from Truro, Nova Scotia, but moved from Truro to Halifax in 1996 to attend Saint Mary’s University.  After completing two years there, I enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program and began what would be my destiny for the next 19 years.  I have been working with at risk, marginalized youth for the bulk on the 19 years.  My positions included: Youth worker at the New Brunswick Youth Centre, Youth Counsellor at the Devereux Foundation in Rutland Mass. USA, Program Supervisor at a few youth facilities and Program Facilitator with the Spirit Program.  Currently I am a Youth Support Worker with the Mentor Homes Program at Pathways.   My biggest learning from the youth that I have supported over the years is that my best asset is to be able to listen.  “Listen to hear, not listen to fix.”  I adore the work that I do and consider myself a life long learner in the support field.

Mother Teresa


"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."

 

 

 

Be A Part of AMF.

To get involved financially, through volunteering and/or to become a member of our society, please contact us at:

info@affinitymentorship.com

or
PO Box 35055 RPO Sarcee
Calgary, AB, T3E 7C7

We are now accepting donations to our foundation through PayPal:



*All donations are handled by Affinity Mentorship Foundation (AMF).
AMF is incorporated in Alberta and is a registered Alberta Charity. 


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