With $50,000 of funding from the Government of Canada’s Skills Link Program, Portage Atlantic has launched a new Senior Mentor Program at the Cassidy Lake substance abuse rehabilitation centre. Through the Senior Mentor Program, five youth who have completed their rehabilitation therapy at Portage will be employed as mentors for new residents at Cassidy Lake during a 26-week period. Working 40 hours a week, they will assist new residents with their adjustment into the residential therapeutic community and will help them make the most of their treatment.
The Senior Mentor Program is a social reintegration initiative, in which Portage graduates obtain valuable work experience that will help them transition back into the workforce or back to their studies as confident, skilled, and productive members of society. Some mentors may be offered full-time employment with Portage Atlantic once they have completed the program.
Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore was at Cassidy Lake Tuesday, October 12th to announce the federal Skills Link funding, which is provided to youth who face barriers to employment.
“By supporting this project,” said Moore, “we are helping youth in Atlantic Canada develop the skills, knowledge, and work experience they need to reach their full potential.”
Congratulations to all the senior mentors and best of luck to them in their future endeavours.