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 will receive first consideration to be hired as a Mentor.  

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How it works How to get involved
Eligibility This program is open to registered First in the Family mentees
Application Learn how to apply for 2017/2018 academic year
Contact If you would like more information please contact Adonica Huggins at adonica.huggins@utoronto.ca
Mentor-in-Training Abera Rajendran
Mentor-in-Training Amber Iqbal
Mentor-in-Training Ibtisam Fatima

How it works

First in the Family mentees are invited to apply for the Mentors-in-Training program during the second semester of their first year. Those selected will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills during the second year of their undergraduate degree.  

Mentors-in-Training will: 

  • Work with staff, senior and peer mentors, to learn how to plan, execute and co-facilitate First in the Family Fridays and other events
  • Attend mentorship professional development workshops, and share what you learned with the other Mentors-in-Training
  • Facilitate community building activities to help establish cooperation, collaboration and community within the program

Once Mentors-in-Training have completed their role, they will receive first consideration to be hired in their third year as peer mentors provided they apply, attend the interview and are deemed qualified.  

Eligibility

This program is open to undergraduate students registered as First in the Family mentees, who actively meet with their Mentor, receive additional support from the Learning Strategist, and attend program events.  

Apply!

Get all the details and apply for 2017/2018. 

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

Contact

If you would like more information about Mentors-in-Training, please contact Adonica Huggins, Student Life Coordinator, Academic and Peer Programs at adonica.huggins@utoronto.ca.

Meet Mentor-in-Training

Abera Rajendran

General Field of Study: Social Sciences

Program of Study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

Undergraduate College: Victoria College

Abera Rajendran

Previous FITF Mentee / Mentor?​ Yes 

Identity: Tamil-Canadian

Co-Curricular Interests: Intramural sports, student-run clubs (e.g. TSA)

Personal Reflective Statement: "Everything happens for a reason."

 

 

 

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Amber Iqbal

General Field of Study: Life Sciences

Program of Study: Human Biology, Cell & Systems Biology

Undergraduate College: University College

Amber Iqbal
Previous FITF Mentee / Mentor? Yes 
 
Identity: Born and raised in Canada and from a Pakistani background. Speaks Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Education, leadership, learning and academic skills
 
Personal Reflective Statement: "Effort, patience, gratitude, a good friend and a cup of tea is all you need to get through anything that comes in your way. Be grateful for what you have and appreciate it while you have it."

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Ibtisam Fatima

General Field of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

Program of Study: Political Science, Women and Gender Studies

Undergraduate College: Trinity College

Ibtisam Fatima

Previous FITF Mentee / Mentor? Yes

Identity: Multilingual (speaks English, Hindu, Urdu), Newcomer (arrived in Canada in 2015), Commuter Student

Co-Curricular Interests: Photography, leadership activities, volunteering

Personal Reflective Statement: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

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Jessica He

General Field of Study: Life Sciences

Program of Study: Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Undergraduate College: Innis College

Jessica He

Previous FITF Mentee / Mentor? Yes

Identity: Speaks Cantonese, Mandarin

Co-Curricular Interests: Badminton, gaming, cooking

Personal Reflective Statement: "Remind yourself that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer."

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Khoa Vu

General Field of Study: Life Sciences

Program of Study: Pharmacology, Biomedical Toxicology

Undergraduate College: Trinity College

Khoa Vu

Previous FITF Mentee / Mentor? Yes

Identity: Catholic, Vietnamese, Immigrant

Co-Curricular Interests: Design and innovation, career development, research

Personal Reflective Statement: "Always smiling, always friendly, always happy."

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Yuhan Wu

General Field of Study: Social Sciences

Program of Study: Environmental Studies

Undergraduate College: St. Michael's College

Yuhan Wu

Previous FITF Mentee / Mentor? Yes

Identity: Born in China but moved to Canada when I was 5, living with a splash of Chinese culture

Co-Curricular Interests: Politically left-wing and passionate about equality, history, environment, government policy

Personal Reflective Statement: "A coward is not someone that is afraid, rather it is someone that runs away from their problems."