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CEGEP Mentoring Program

COMMERCE & SOCIAL SCIENCE GRADUATE STUDENTS NEEDED AS

MENTORS FOR CEGEP YOUTH

McGill Graduate Students:  Do you want to help a young person discover their potential while actively exploring career options in your field of study? This is an opportunity for you…

 

Centennial College in partnership with McGill University’s Social Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE), is implementing a mentorship program for newly admitted CEGEP students (aged 17-18).

Goal: Through this mentorship program, we aim to create opportunities for college students to build professional networks, engage with their community, and explore possibilities for personal and professional growth within their city and province.

Mentees’ participation in the program will complement the Identity and Learning in Quebec Society course; a mandatory course taken by all students enrolled in the Commerce & Social Science Bridge program at Centennial College. The course will run from the 3rd week of September 2013 to May 9, 2014.  

The Identity and Learning in Quebec Society course at Centennial College provides students with an opportunity to explore their personal, educational and professional goals within Quebec. The objectives of this course are for students to explore their personal strengths and skills, while planning their educational and career paths.

As a mentor, you will build a one-on-one relationship with the student and help them develop career perspective by reflecting on their perceptions, challenges and goals around continuing post-secondary studies in either Commerce & Social Science related fields. Mentors will need to commit to twice-monthly meetings for one-academic year and lead reflective discussions and activities. A comprehensive guide for discussions and topics will be provided to assist mentors in facilitating these bi-weekly meetings.

 

Please note: Chosen applicants will be required to fill out a police check form.

 

Mentor responsibilities:

  • Meet with student on a bi-weekly basis for 1 to 3 hours per session (exact times and locations to be determined by mentor and mentee) from the 3rd week of September 2013 to May 9, 2014.
  • Mandatory number of mentoring hours: 30 hrs each semester.
  • Attend a compulsory 1.5-hour Mentor Orientation Session on the week of September 16th. Orientation will be offered at multiple dates and times (TBA) to make them as accessible as possible for mentors.
  • Coach students on meeting the objectives of this course, by providing feedback and reflective conversations. You will be provided with support and tools to help guide scheduled conversations with your student.
    Act as a connection between the CEGEP classroom and the outside world.
  • As part of your bi-weekly meetings, accompany students to lectures and/or related extra-curricular events at McGill University and visiting employers, companies and important areas of the city that will further develop their career and educational goals. Centennial College and SEDE will help arrange these visits.
  • Review student’s weekly log and initial to verify that the contents accurately reflect the content of these meetings.

Benefits:

  • Receive a letter of attestation from the Dean of Students upon completion.
  • Develop leadership and teaching experience by establishing a relationship of trust and providing guidance to a young person. 
  • Build professional networks by visiting companies and organizations in Montreal related to your field of study.
  • Enhance communications skills through explaining complex concepts to a young person just beginning an important chapter in their education and career.
  • Gratification from giving back to the community, contributing to the healthy development of a young person, and participating in the struggle for access to postsecondary education.

To apply:

  1. For any questions about the program and throughout the year regarding your role as a mentor, please contact Anurag Dhir, Community Engagement Coordinator at SEDE McGill: anurag [dot] dhir [at] mcgill [dot] ca or by phone: 514-398-3745
  2. Click HERE for the application form and once completed email it to Anika Maloni:  amaloni [at] centennial [dot] qc [dot] ca. Application deadline: Thursday, September 12, 2013
  3. Fill out the Police Check form, and bring it in person or mail (no emails, please) to: Anika Maloni, Centennial College, 3641 Prud’homme Avenue, Montreal, QC H4A 3H6