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Connect. Support. Grow. 

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Co-building paths to support lifelong learning. 

Branches works with communities and partners to create sustainable programming that encourages young students to persevere and become lifelong learners. Our transformative mentorship opportunities and networks of support help under-represented learners plan their educational paths.

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Our mission

We aim to motivate and empower youth by reducing barriers and increasing access to higher education.

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Indigenous learners

We never run out of ideas to engage with Indigenous students and their families. Discover our programming and resources for Indigenous communities.

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Black learners

Check out our programming and resources for Black youth and adults. Start planning your future in higher education.

What's on at Branches

As we expand our reach, our community and initiatives continue to grow. Read our latest updates and plan to get involved with us soon!

Studying at McGill

An important part of our mission is to increase the enrolment of underrepresented groups at McGill, including Black and Indigenous students. Our outreach team offers guidance and support.

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Meet Branches' team and the amazing students and recent graduates who work with us as Student Ambassadors and Program Assistants.

Meet the amazing students from across McGill who volunteer as mentors and tutors with Branches.

Ready to make a difference?

News and success stories

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Science and stargazing with Indigenous students in Chisasibi

We teamed up with McGill's Trottier Space Institute to launch the first Outbound Explore McGill! Together with the Cree community of Chisasibi in Northern Quebec, we spent the week sharing knowledge and experiences with young minds, igniting a passion for science, and inspiring future generations of scientists!

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PYP for Black Youth paves the way for Black students to study at McGill

“It was so refreshing to meet such inspiring individuals who went through what I went through,” shares Pick Your Path for Black Youth participant.

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IMPRESS 2022 takes Indigenous undergraduate students on a path of research and discovery

IMPRESS participants were paired with a professor or a professional from a McGill unit. Read about the success of IMPRESS and stay tuned for IMPRESS 2023!

McGill University is on land that long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst
Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge
and thank the diverse Indigenous people whose footsteps have marked this territory on which
peoples of the world now gather.
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