The Program

Being a first-generation student – the first in your family to pursue post-secondary education – is something to be proud of! You are building your own legacy, and the First in the Family program at U of T is here to support you. Join this inclusive academic community to become a mentee and gain access to resources, support and special events.

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6 students at a social event for first in the family program

Become a mentor-in-training

The Mentors-in-Training program is designed to help mentees become mentors.  Learn the roles, responsibilities and skills necessary to become a First in the Family mentor. Participants in this program weill receive first consideration to be hired as a mentor.  

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Become a mentor

The First in the Family Mentorship program supports students in their transition to university life. But we also focus on the leadership development of our mentors.  As a mentor, you will be connected with a group of first generation students that belong to one of 3 academic fields: Arts (social sciences and humanities), Sciences or Commerce. If you are one of our mature mentors, you will be connected to a group of mature students from a variety of academic backgrounds.

Meet Stephen Lam from Victoria College, one of the 2015-2016 mentors. Stephen is studying Life and Biological Sciences.

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First in the Family mentor Stephen Lam

Meet our mentors

Meet our mentors! Whether you are an Arts, Science or Commerce student, one of our mentors is here to help.  Please remember that you must register to join the program and choose your mentor. Register here

Whatever your area of interest, our talented arts mentors our diverse science mentors and our commerce mentors can help you out!