First in the Family Peer – Mentor Program (2016 - 2017)

Senior, Returning and New Peer Mentor, and Mentor-In-Training Student Leader Opportunities 

APPLICATION PERIOD: APRIL 8 – 21, 4:30 p.m., 2016

Introduction

First in the Family Peer – Mentor Program (FITF) is a leadership development and training program for first generation students, whose parent(s) or guardian(s) did not complete post-secondary education in Canada, or did not complete post-secondary at all.  First generation Mentors acquire desirable skills, abilities and competencies through experiential learning.  Mentors work closely with a Program Coordinator who provides advising and coaching, and in turn, Mentors are upper year role models to a group of Mentees transitioning to and through university.  Mentors have access to a Learning Strategist who provides support with individual academic issues, and a learning curriculum to share with Mentees.  The Mentor role is an opportunity to immediately apply what is being learned.  Being a Mentor also allows you to build relationships with other dynamic, engaging, supportive, and fun students in a celebratory atmosphere!

Completion of the FITF program requirements are recognized through Co-curricular Record validation.  Mentors receive active support to apply for and achieve opportunities with greater responsibilities within and outside the program.  The role begins with only occasional e-mentoring June – August, and more intensive in-person individual and group mentoring September – April.  Mentors are Volunteers who receive an honorarium: Mentors-In-Training help the program 4 hours per week (are not assigned Mentees) and are given $250.00 in the fall and winter semester for a total of $500.00; New and Returning Peer Mentors help the program 8 hours per week and are given $500.00 in the fall and winter semester for a total of $1,000.00; and Sr. Mentors help the program 10 hours per week and are given $650.00 in the fall and winter semester for a total of $1,300.00.

FITF Program Goals

  • To support the academic success of first generation students especially in their first and second year (the program is open to first generation students in all years);
  • To make first generation students aware of and connect with services, supports and resources at the University of Toronto;
  • To facilitate community building amongst Mentees in the program; amongst Mentees and Mentors; and amongst Mentees and the larger U of T community;
  • To support the leadership, academic, and career development of upper-year first generation Mentors.

 

FITF Program Outcomes

Mentees will be able to:

  • develop academic skills to ‘thrive and survive’ in their transition to university
    • knowledge they need → learn services, supports, and resources where they can get help; learn how to study;
    • skills they will demonstrate → explain and practice how to achieve academic success;

Mentors will be able to:

  • develop academic skills in order to support Mentees’ transition to university
    • knowledge they need → identify how they themselves learn and study; identify how to help Mentees think through their own learning process;
    • skills they will demonstrate → explain and practice how to achieve academic success;

Mentees and Mentors will be able to:

  • develop out of the classroom and life skills
    • knowledge they need → identify how to become independent and self-reliant; identify strategies for self-care and dealing with stress;
    • skills they will demonstrate → illustrate connections between their academic, family / social, and personal life; practice how to achieve balance between education, work and leisure;
  • meet others, experience mutual sharing and learning, and build community
    • knowledge they need → repeat opportunities to engage active listening and communication skills;
    • skills they will demonstrate → practice development and maintenance of satisfying interpersonal relationships.

Student and Campus Community Development Values

  • FITF is part of a larger Student and Campus Community Development (SCCD) 'bouquet' of programming and initiatives: mentorship and peer programs; orientation, transition and engagement; and clubs and leadership development; whose collective values consist of:
    • growth (we are committed to a continuous process of learning and development);
    • community (we are better when all members are engaged);
    • fun (we strive to find enjoyment in all that we do; and
    • equity, diversity and inclusion (we are committed to creating a barrier free environment for all, providing the tools and space so people can participate fully, and feel comfortable and safe).

Mentor Application 2016/17

Apply here to become a FITF Mentor or Mentor-in-Training

Applications are now CLOSED – the application period is over. Thank you for your interest.

FITF Mentors

Meet our Mentors

Meet our First Generation Mentors! Whether you are a Computer ScienceMath and Physical SciencesCommerce / Management / BusinessSocial SciencesHumanities or Life Sciences student, choose a Mentor to engage with in a mutually beneficial relationship focused on academic success; negotiating the services, supports and resources on campus; building a supportive and fun community; personal growth and development; and equity, diversity and inclusion!

All first generation students, regardless of year of study, belong to First in the Family Peer Mentor Program, but you must complete the registration to choose a Mentor.