Coach 2 Coach – BIPOC Mentorship Program

Changing the Game Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) Mentorship Program is an exciting initiative which aims to provide greater support for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour to mentor and/or receive mentorship opportunities.

Why Black, Indigenous and People of Colour Coaches Make a Difference

Coaches make a huge impact on the athletes they coach. Having coaches from diverse backgrounds become mentors, provides apprentices with an opportunity to network and connects with coaches from similar experiences and backgrounds.

“Seeing someone that looks like you having success in something you want to do is a great form of motivation and provides that reminder that it’s already been done before.”
– Jai Cunningham

  • Provide a mentorship model for BIPOC coaches in Ontario – within and across sports
  • Provide a resource hub for apprentice coaches to build and enhance their skills, abilities and knowledge
  • Provide coaches from a variety of sports with an opportunity to learn from highly trained coaches and experts across the province
  • Create a broader pool of coaches with qualifications and tools that meet the requirements for participating in coaching, from grassroots to competition development
  • Engage the system through PSO’s, education sector partnerships and community groups province-wide to cultivate an environment for balanced leadership
  • Build lasting supportive relationships between and among coaches to create a legacy program that is sustainable

So, how does CAO make matches?

  • When matching mentors and apprentice coaches, the needs and goals identified by each individual in their application will be analyzed and considered.
  • An Advisory Panel will factor in experience, age and context of athletes, and other needs
  • Followed by career path, special target group coaching, years of experience between apprentice and mentor

If apprentice’s have already coordinated a match with a mentor they can let the CAO staff know.

  • WHO: Black, Indigenour and People of Colour who want to become a Coach for the first time, OR an existing Coach looking to grow further as a coach and leader
  • WHY: Training, support, connections, enhancement

Participants receive:

  • 1-to-1 mentorship with an experienced mentor who will work with them to develop an individual learning plan
  • Honorarium for professional development
  • Free access to online PD webinars
  • An online community of coaches
  • Online resource hub

  • WHO: Experienced Black, Indigenous, People of Colour coaches who want to get involved in supporting female apprentices in their coach and leadership development
  • WHY: You will leave a legacy in your sport, receive support, tools, resources, mentorship training, and professional development

  • Applications open: July 5 2021
  • Applications close: July 31 2021
  • Program Orientation: Mid-August 2021

For full program guidelines, please Click HERE.

Learn about the CAO’s commitment to anti-racism in sport

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Brooke Leonardo brooke@coachesontario.ca, 416-426-7427.

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