Community Connections | Children And Youth

Affinity Mentorship Foundation (AMF)

We empower young people who have been incarcerated to develop relationships and community involvement by intentionally matching them with community mentors.

Our Story

Why We Exist

AMF was created to fill a gap in services for young persons involved in the justice system. When incarcerated, young people are successful in forming relationships with supportive adults and attending school regularly, however they are released back to the same situations that introduced them to criminal behaviour without the same support they receive when incarcerated. AMF was created to help fill this gap.

Our Impact

What We Do

The core work of AMF is mentorship. AMF received funding in the fall of 2017 and became operational in the spring of 2018. We are currently supporting 11 matches while continuing to establish ourselves as a source of information for community stakeholders and prospective mentors and youth participants.

Our Programs

How We Do It

AMF currently employs one staff member – our mentorship coordinator, whose main responsibility is supporting the matches. AMF is partnered with the Duke of Edinburgh and all mentees are encouraged to join the Duke program. The mentorship coordinator facilitates programming at the Calgary Young Offender Centre and at the ExCel program.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

AMF is looking to secure sustainable funding to maintain operating costs, while providing an opportunity for growth.

AMF is in need of board members with skills in the areas of fundraising, social media, communications and leadership.


Nicarla Ellis

Executive Director


Charitable Number: 817051394RR0001

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