We are looking for "first gen" Senior, Returning and New Peer Mentors and Mentors-In-Training

You are a first generation or "first gen" student if your parents or guardians did not attend post-secondary education in Canada, or did not attend post-secondary at all. 

Mentors will gain leadership, organization, event planning, logistical, administrative, and career development experience and skills through their involvement in the creation and implementation of ongoing academic, ‘out of the classroom’, and social programming for first generation undergraduate and graduate students transitioning to / through university.

There are four (4) types of positions, with different eligibility criteria, to apply for: 

  1. Mentor-In-Training
  2. New Peer Mentor
  3. Returning Mentor
  4. Senior Mentor

 

APPLICATION PERIOD: May 1 – May 14, 11:59 p.m., 2017 

Group of First in the Family Mentors

Contents

Application Apply to become a 2017-18 FITF Mentor or Mentor-in-Training
Mentor-In-Training Position Description & Qualifications
New Peer Mentor / Returning Mentor Position Description and Qualifications
Senior Mentor Position Description & Qualifications
Questions & Contact Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Mentor Application 2017/18

You are a first gen student. Maybe you also self-identify as an: Indigenous person, Person with a Disability, Newcomer, Racialized Person / Person of Colour, Religious / Spiritual community member, Francophone, LGBTTI2QQ+, Woman, Transfer Student, and / or Mature Student. Are you able and committed to support, learn from, share skills with, and motivate others to succeed?

Make sure you have the time!

All Mentor and Mentor-In-Training opportunities are conditional upon attendance on the mandatory dates / times listed below. Applicants must be sufficiently free of other commitments so that they can participate fully in the program. If you have questions, please contact Adonica Huggins, Program Coordinator, at adonica.huggins@utoronto.ca.

  • one meeting per month in June, July and August to plan programming (preferably in person, but allowable by skype)
  • mandatory intensive FITF pre-program training on Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 6, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • mandatory Mentorship Professional Development Training on Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and / or other select trainings as required
  • additional mandatory attendance meetings, trainings and events once weekly on Fridays (or occasionally on other weekdays) between 2 and 6 p.m.
  • the annual tri-campus first generation conference “Trailblazers", on Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (tentative)

Important: Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview, scheduled to take place on Friday, May 19, 2017 (time and location TBA). Regrettably, you will not be considered for an opportunity if you are contacted for an interview but are unable to attend on that date.


All applicants are required to upload and submit ALL of the following documents as attachments in PDF by the deadline of Sunday, May 14, 11:59pm., 2017 or they will not be considered for any opportunity:

  • online application form (see link below);
  • cover letter maximum 2 pages, briefly highlighting your skills and abilities in the following areas:
  1. one (1) experience overcoming an academic and / or personal challenge by making use of university resources;
  2. one (1) experience positively impacting a team;
  3. one (1) experience facilitating a group;
  4. one (1) experience as a Mentor / Mentee or equivalent participation;
  5. one (1) experience making learning fun!;
  6. one (1) experience contributing to equity, diversity and inclusion;
  • resumé;
  • complete transcript / academic history as on ROSI;
  • schedule of the general days and hours available and not available for the period June 1 – April 30;
  • Co-Curricular Record, and if not updated provide missing details in your resumé.

Student & Campus Community Development at the University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity of communities and ideas, and especially welcomes applications from underrepresented students. Applicants are encouraged to voluntarily (and confidentially) self-identify in their cover letter and/or resumé if they are an Indigenous person; Person with a Disability; Newcomer; Racialized Person / Person of Colour; Religious / Spiritual community member; Francophone; LGBTTI2QQ+; Woman; Transfer Student; and / or Mature Student.

To further this commitment and help to evaluate the effectiveness of our recruitment process, the University requests that you complete the following questionnaire. Your response is voluntary and the information that you provide is strictly confidential and anonymous. None of your individual responses will be made available to the program to which you are applying.

Diversity Questionnaire

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Statement
The University of Toronto respects your privacy. Personal information that you choose to provide voluntarily to the university is collected pursuant to section 2(14) of the University of Toronto Act, 1971. It is collected for the purpose(s) of program administration. At all times, it will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you have any questions, please refer to www.utoronto.ca/privacy.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview, scheduled to take place on Friday, May 19, 2017 (time and location TBA). Regrettably, you will not be considered for an opportunity if you are contacted for an interview but unable to attend on that date.

Note: If you require an accommodation for an interview, please contact the Program Coordinator when you are offered the interview to discuss your needs.

MENTOR AND MENTOR-IN-TRAINING APPLICATION FORM

FITF Students with U of T President Meric Gertler

Mentor-In-Training: Position Description & Qualifications

Mentor-In-Training positions are open only to registered FITF Mentees who are applying at the end of their first year. Mentors-In-Training will:

  • continue to be registered and active Mentees throughout their 2nd year, including meeting regularly with their Mentor for support and to learn to emulate the Mentor role, and receiving additional academic help from the Learning Strategist;
  • participate in a mandatory intensive FITF pre-program training, designed to enhance academic success, negotiating the campus, community building, and leadership and career development, Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 6, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.;
  • participate in a mandatory Mentorship Professional Development Training on Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and other select trainings as required;
  • participate in additional mandatory attendance meetings, trainings and events once weekly on Fridays (or occasionally on other weekdays) between 2 and 6 p.m.;
  • participate in the Student Life annual tri-campus first generation conference “Trailblazers" on Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (tentative);
  • assist the Senior Mentors, and also work positively and collaboratively with Returning Mentors, New Peer Mentors, Mentors-In-Training, staff and faculty to: create, plan, organize, ensure accommodations, promote through social media etc., implement, facilitate, problem solve, and assess weekly Learning, Leadership and Social Events for first-gen students;
  • keep confidential any information about a student that ought to be deemed “personal”, unless you feel it is appropriate for the health and wellbeing of that student to identify, assist and refer them directly to the Program Coordinator, Learning Strategist, or other U of T staff / resource for help.

A Mentor-In-Training is not assigned Mentees. In their 3rd year, provided they apply, are interviewed, and are deemed qualified, they will receive first consideration to be recruited as a FITF New Peer Mentor.

Approximately five (5) Mentors-In-Training are recruited, who will volunteer an average of four (4) hours weekly September – April.  Each will receive an honorarium of $250.00 in the fall and winter semester for a total of $500.00.

Mentor-In-Training Qualifications:

  • must be a first-gen student, currently in first year;
  • must be currently a registered FITF Mentee, who meets with their Mentor and / or attends FITF Events and / or  meets with the FITF Learning Strategist, and preferably has achieved 12 points of contact with FITF making them eligible for acknowledgement on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR);
  • must be enrolled at the St. George campus (Bachelor's Program);
  • must have successfully completed at least 4.0 courses, and no more than one (1) academic year of study by May;
  • must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (as currently listed on ROSI);
  • must understand the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion at U of T; be committed to breaking down barriers; and will actively build a positive environment to support all students including but not limited to students who are: First Generation; Indigenous peoples; People with Disabilities; Newcomers; International students; Racialized People / People of Colour; Religious / Spiritual communities; Francophone; LGBTTI2QQ+; Women; Transfer Students; and / or Mature Students.

New Peer Mentor / Returning Mentor: Position Description & Qualifications

New Peer Mentor positions are open to all qualified applicants. Those who have held a FITF Mentor position before must apply for the position of Returning Mentor. New Peer Mentors and Returning Mentors will:

  • participate in a mandatory intensive FITF pre-program training, designed to enhance academic success, negotiating the campus, community building, and leadership and career development, Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 6, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.;
  • participate in a mandatory Mentorship Professional Development Training on Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and / or other select trainings as required;
  • participate in additional mandatory attendance meetings, trainings and events once weekly on Fridays (or occasionally on other weekdays) between 2 and 6 p.m.;
  • participate in the Student Life annual tri-campus first generation conference “Trailblazers", on Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (tentative);
  • assist the Senior Mentors, and also work positively and collaboratively with Returning Mentors, New Peer Mentors, Mentors-In-Training, staff and faculty to: create, plan, organize, ensure accommodations, promote through social media etc., implement, facilitate, problem solve, and assess weekly Learning, Leadership and Social Events for first gen students;
  • keep confidential any information about a student that ought to be deemed “personal”, unless you feel it is appropriate for the health and wellbeing of that student to identify, assist and refer them directly to the Program Coordinator, Learning Strategist, or other U of T staff / resource for help;
  • provide mentorship and support, individually and in groups, to Returning Mentors, New Peer Mentors and Mentors-In-Training;
  • act as a Mentor, role model and coach to approximately 10 registered Mentees making the transition to and through university;
  • provide their Mentees monthly (at a minimum) one-to-one advising, and a monthly group meeting to help them build community among each other and with the university.

Approximately 20 New Peer Mentors / Returning Mentors are recruited, who will volunteer an average of (eight) 8 hours weekly September – April.  Each will receive an honorarium of $500.00 in the fall and winter semester for a total of $1,000.00.

New Peer Mentor / Returning Mentor Qualifications

  • must be a first gen student;
  • must be enrolled at the St. George campus (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, or a Non-Degree Program);
  • must have successfully completed at least two (2) academic years of study i.e. 8.0 courses by May;
  • must have a minimum CGPA of 2.5 (as currently listed on ROSI);
  • must demonstrate knowledge, through related work, volunteer and / or academic experience, of St. George campus academic and co-curricular resources and programs;
  • must demonstrate experience using and a strong familiarity with academic counselling services, writing centres, registrarial services, and / or other U of T services, supports and programs;
  • must demonstrate, through related on and or off campus work, volunteer and / or academic experience, communication, team work and organizational skills;
  • must participate in activities and events to help you gain experience and skills in public speaking, and facilitating group discussions, presentations and personal reflections;
  • must understand the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion at U of T; be committed to breaking down barriers; and will actively build a positive environment to support all students including but not limited to students who are: First Generation; Indigenous peoples; People with Disabilities; Newcomers; International students; Racialized People / People of Colour; Religious / Spiritual communities; Francophone; LGBTTI2QQ+; Women; Transfer Students; and / or Mature Students;
  • preference will be given to those who have experience as a Mentor / Mentee or equivalent participation in an academic setting, community organization, etc. (e.g., FITF or other mentorship program, Academic Bridging Program, Big Brother / Sister, Gay – Straight Alliance, etc.);
  • preference will be given to those who can demonstrate that they learned from and overcame academic and personal challenges by making use of university resources;
  • preference will be given to those who want to make learning fun!

Senior Mentor: Position Description & Qualifications

Senior Mentor positions are open ONLY to Returning FITF Mentors. They will:

  • participate in a mandatory intensive FITF pre-program training, designed to enhance academic success, negotiating the campus, community building, and leadership and career development, Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 6, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.;
  • participate in select mandatory Mentorship Professional Development trainings as required;
  • participate in additional mandatory attendance meetings, trainings and events once weekly on Fridays (or occasionally on other weekdays) between 2 and 6 p.m.;
  • participate in the Student Life annual tri-campus first generation conference “Trailblazers", on Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (tentative);
  • assist the Senior Mentors, and also work positively and collaboratively with Returning Mentors, New Peer Mentors, Mentors-In-Training, staff and faculty to: create, plan, organize, ensure accommodations, promote through social media etc., implement, facilitate, problem solve, and assess weekly Learning, Leadership and Social Events for first gen students;
  • keep confidential any information about a student that ought to be deemed “personal”, unless you feel it is appropriate for the health and well-being of that student to identify, assist and refer them directly to the Program Coordinator, Learning Strategist, or other U of T staff / resource for help;
  • provide mentorship and support, individually and in groups, to Returning Mentors, New Peer Mentors and Mentors-In-Training, and lead a 10 member team;
  • act as a Mentor, role model and coach to approximately five (5) registered Mentees making the transition to and through university;
  • provide their Mentees monthly (at a minimum) one-to-one advising, and a monthly group meeting to help them build community among each other and with the University;
  • work collaboratively with staff to develop program content for trainings;
  • work collaboratively with staff to administer the program;
  • work collaboratively with the FITF Learning Strategist and other staff from the Academic Success Centre to develop program content for first gen students to help them succeed academically;
  • work collaboratively with staff from Mentorship & Peer Programs, and throughout Student & Campus Community Development, to develop program content for first gen students to help them navigate the U of T St. George campus and build community.

Approximately five (5) Senior Mentors are recruited, who will volunteer an average of 10 hours weekly September – April.  Each will receive an honorarium of $650.00 in the fall and winter semester for a total of $1,300.00.

Senior Mentor Qualifications

  • must be a first gen student;
  • must be enrolled at the St. George campus (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, or a Non-Degree Program);
  • must have successfully completed at least two (2) academic years of study i.e. 8.0 courses by May;
  • must have a minimum CGPA of 3.0 (as currently listed on ROSI);
  • must demonstrate knowledge, through related work, volunteer and / or academic experience, of St. George campus academic and co-curricular resources and programs;
  • must demonstrate experience using and a strong familiarity with academic counselling services, writing centres, registrarial services, and / or other U of T services, supports and programs;
  • must demonstrate, through related on and or off campus work, volunteer and / or academic experience, excellent communication, team work and organizational skills;
  • preference will be given to those who can demonstrate, through related work, volunteer and / or academic experience, skills in public speaking and facilitating group discussions, presentations and reflections;
  • must understand the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion at U of T; be committed to breaking down barriers; and will actively build a positive environment to support all students including but not limited to students who are: First Generation; Indigenous peoples; People with Disabilities; Newcomers; International students; Racialized People / People of Colour; Religious / Spiritual communities; Francophone; LGBTTI2QQ+; Women; Transfer Students; and / or Mature Students;
  • preference will be given to those who have experience as a Mentor / Mentee or equivalent participation in an academic setting, community organization, etc. (e.g., FITF or other mentorship program, Academic Bridging Program, Big Brother / Sister, Gay – Straight Alliance, etc.);
  • preference will be given to those who can demonstrate that they learned from and overcame academic and personal challenges by making use of university resources;
  • preference will be given to those who want to make learning fun;
  • preference will be given to students in their graduating year.

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Adonica Huggins, Program Coordinator, at adonica.huggins@utoronto.ca.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview, scheduled to take place on Friday, May 19, 2017 (time and location TBA).

Regrettably, you will not be considered for an opportunity if you are contacted for an interview but unable to attend on that date.

Thank you very much for your interest!