Volunteer Peer Mentors (Fall 2023 - Winter 2024)
Mentor applications for the 2023-24 academic year are now closed. Please check back in Summer 2024.
We are now recruiting volunteer Peer Mentors for the upcoming 2023-24 academic year (August 2023 – April 2024)! Peer Mentors provide leadership, guidance, and support to first and second year students registered with Accessibility Services as they make the transition to university life.
Position: Volunteer Peer Mentor
Department: Accessibility Services, University of Toronto Mississauga
The Peer Mentor Learning Community (PMLC) program connects first and second year students registered with Accessibility Services with successful student mentors. Mentors will have the opportunity to plan and facilitate interactive workshops, lead social and wellness events, and meet with a mentee for confidential, one-on-one sessions to support their transition to the university's academic and social environment.
Peer Mentor Responsibilities:
- Participate in the planning and delivery of academic skills workshops such as time management, study skills, notetaking, and test-taking strategies.
- Organize and lead fun social and wellness activities such as painting and board game cafes.
- Meet with a mentee individually to support their transition to university life.
- Provide leadership, guidance, and support in key areas such as problem solving, navigating campus resources, and making appropriate referrals.
- Attend mandatory training sessions, meetings, and events, including the Peer Mentor Orientation (to be scheduled in July) and the Summer Academic Skills Institute (to be scheduled in August).
- Complete all required mentor reflections and surveys.
Number of Positions: 15
- Undergraduate (2nd year or higher) and graduate students at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
- Good academic standing with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 (as currently listed on ACORN). Applicants whose CGPA does not meet the minimum requirement but can demonstrate that they learned from and overcame academic and personal challenges are welcome to apply.
- Robust knowledge of campus resources.
- Strong interpersonal, leadership, communication, presentation, and problem-solving skills.
- Excellent time management skills and the ability to juggle the demands of academic studies and extracurricular activities.
- Empathy and commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Benefits of Becoming a Peer Mentor:
- Gain career-related experience and develop transferable skills (e.g. communication, leadership, time management, presentation, diversity and equity awareness).
- Learn about university resources and services.
- Support access and full participation in campus life for persons with disabilities.
- Receive a University of Toronto Co-Curricular Record (CCR) recognizing your experiences and contributions.
Email your cover letter and resume to Scott Mendoza (Volunteer Services Coordinator) by Monday, May 22, 2023.