Become a Mentor

Help support students at Portage Trail Community School prepare  for high school success. This program is ideal for students interested in teaching, community development, social justice or equity. It’s a great opportunity to make a positive difference in the community while developing your own skills!

 As a mentor, you will:

  • Provide positive encouragement and work in a mentorship role to encourage students in reading and writing.
  • Help students with homework and study skills.
  • Focus on literacy skills.
  • Share your interests and passions with the kids. 

Learn about the challenges faced by young students and help them build on their strengths.

mentor with girl studying


Eligibility Open to all University of Toronto students
How it works Follow five steps to get involved
When and where Schedule, commitment and location
Registration Registration will close October 30, 2017.
Contact us Contact Natasha Jamal at
Portage Trail Community School Learn more about Portage Trail Community School


Students from any discipline, background and year of study are welcome to apply.

How it works

  1. Register here.
  2. We will contact you to arrange an interview and to fill out a Police Reference Check application. 
  3. Complete Mentor readiness Training and Orientation
  4. Mentor a grade 6, 7 or 8 student from 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday at Portage Trail Public School From January 9 - March 9, 2018
  5. Attend two reflection session with the CCP and other mentors

Once you’ve completed all of the requirements, you can add this experience to your Co-Curricular Record.


When and where

Schedule and time commitment

Volunteers will work with students from 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday at Portage Trail Public School, from January 9 to March 9, 2018.


Portage Trail Public School

100 Sidney Belsey Cres

North York, ON


Registration is now open. This opportunity begins January 2018.


Register now for the Youth Mentorship Program.

Registration closes October 30, 2017.

Contact us

For questions or further information, please contact Cherrie Kwok at

About Portage Trail Community School

Portage Trail Community Public School is located in the west end neighbourhood of Weston/Mount Dennis. Despite the statistics and rankings that paint it as one of the worst neighbourhood in Toronto, it is a lively and vibrant community with a number of initiatives and programs in place to create a strong community.

One of the community’s main assets is its youth; the schools in the area recognize this fact and are making an effort to really foster a culture of achievement and success among their students. Portage Trail is no different. The school’s motto is simple but essential: WORK HARD, BE NICE, PREPARE FOR COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY.  It speaks volumes about what their dedicated staff and administrative team expect from the student body. 

The school ensures that students focus on their futures, and that a positive future is real and attainable. The Mentorship Program is part of a variety of opportunities – attending college and university fairs, guest speakers, career mentors, and more – that they undertake to model bright futures for their students.

This is where the value of the Mentorship Program lies. We hope to continue our work in inspiring students to believe that they can and will achieve their academic, career and life goals.