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.  Find out more about the program!  

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.  

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.

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. 

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

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

Mentor Stephen Lam

First in the Family Fridays

First in the Family Peer – Mentor Program holds all of our Learning (academic skills), Leadership (out of the classroom), Social (fun!), and Alumni (professional and career development) events on select Fridays 2:00 – 4:00pm., or 4:00 – 6:00pm., locations to be announced. Registered Mentees provide a gmail address and have access to a Google Calendar of all of our events planned for the year. Whether or not you are a Registered Mentee in First in the Family Peer – Mentor Program, all students must register to attend our events. We are striving to create an inclusive and accessible program. From time to time we offer light refreshments, and we do our best to make appropriate arrangements in response to accessibility and other accommodation requests.  Join us for First in the Family Fridays!

Trailblazers Conference: Connections

Saturday, January 23, 10:00am. – 4:30pm.
Koffler House, 569 Spadina Avenue, just south of Willcocks

Connect with first generation students, staff, faculty, alumni in a one day conference.  Share your experiences with first generation peers and hear advice and stories from alumni about their career paths!  Workshops include: Connecting Inclusion Strategies to Bridge the Gaps to Success; Connect Emotional, Physical and Academic Resilience and Well Being to Flourish.  

Register before January 18th to attend the Trailblazer Conference!