Become an On Your Mark Mentor

On Your Mark is a mentoring and academic support program for elementary and high school students of Portuguese or Spanish speaking descent who are struggling to achieve the curriculum requirements. The program encourages students to be more involved in their education, build self-esteem, and strengthen bonds with peers and positive role models.

As a volunteer mentor, you will be matched with a student or small group of students who are at the elementary or secondary school level. You will help students build a positive mentorship by helping them see the relevance of doing well in their academic education, assist with their homework, boost their self-confidence, and help them learn about opportunities in post-secondary education. Mentorship and tutoring sessions are done in English, so you don’t need to know Spanish or Portuguese to take on this position.

On Your Mark is in partnership with St. Michael’s College, Working Women Community Centre, the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic School Board, and the CCP, among others.

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Eligibility This opportunity is open to all University of Toronto students
How it works Follow six steps to get involved
When and where Schedule, commitment and location
Registration Registration is now open for September 2017.
Contact us Contact Natasha Jamal at


This opportunity is open to all University of Toronto students.

In order to participate, mentors must:

  • Have excellent communication skills in English.
  • Be able to support students in: reading, writing, and/or math.
  • Have some experience working with children/youth at the elementary and/or high school level.
  • Be committed, reliable, and interested in making a difference in the lives of children and/or youth.
  • Possess a positive attitude toward learning.

How it works

  1. Register 
  2. Be interviewed by a Program Coordinator with On Your Mark in September (you can choose your grade and location preference at the interview)
  3. Complete a Police Reference Check  application at On your Mark
  4. Attend a mandatory one-hour On Your Mark Orientation Session
  5. Attend a CAP Orientation
  6. Commit to meeting with a student for a minimum of 1.5 to 2 hours a week until the end of the school year.

You can add the experience to your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) after completing all of the above requirements.

When and where

Schedule and time commitment

Weekdays after school or Saturday mornings for a minimum 1.5 to 2 hours per week.



Multiple locations in Toronto Catholic District School Board and Toronto District School Board Schools.


Registration is now open for 2017-2018:  Register for On Your Mark

Contact us

Questions? Contact Natasha Jamal at