What is it?
Graduate students and mature part-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto have told us that they are looking for more opportunities to work with mentors. As coincidence would have it, Hart House has a wealth of accomplished, engaged and generous alumni, friends and senior members with a wide variety of life experiences who would welcome the chance to develop mutually-rewarding one-on-one mentor-mentee relationships with graduate and mature students. We have put two and two together and developed the Hart House Mentorship Program “Pilot Project”. In the 2016-2017 academic year, this program will involve approximately twenty (20) matched pairs. In subsequent years, depending on the feedback received and lessons learned, we hope to scale up the initiative in order to provide meaningful mentorship opportunities to graduate and mature part-time undergraduate students in much greater numbers.
What Makes This Program Unique?
Most mentorship programs tend to focus on providing only career-related advice and networking opportunities to participating mentees. However, in keeping with the spirit and tradition of Hart House – where broad, holistic and lifelong education has been our commitment to students for almost a century – the Hart House Mentorship Program “Pilot Project” will seek to match mentors and mentees on the basis of both their professional pursuits and ambitions AND their personal priorities, interests and passions. Engaged in the arts? Committed fitness enthusiast? Advocate for social justice? This may be the mentorship program for you.
Benefits of Being a Student Mentee
If you are either a graduate student or a mature part-time undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, you are eligible to apply to the Hart House Mentorship Program “Pilot Project” for 2016-2017.
There are many benefits to be gained through your participation. They include:
- Expanding your professional and personal networks;
- Discovering new strengths and building on existing ones;
- Increasing your confidence in social and business settings;
- Enhancing your engagement in the broader community; and
- Learning from the experience and acquired wisdom of a committed supporter.
Applications closed on Nov. 18, 2016. We will be accepting mentee applications again in the summer of 2017.
Benefits of Being a Mentor
Serving as a mentor will allow you the opportunity to provide a graduate student or mature part-time undergraduate student with:
- Access to professional and social networks;
- Focused attention on the discovery of new strengths and the reinforcement of existing ones;
- Increased confidence in social and business settings;
- Introductions to communities of interest outside the classroom; and
- Encouragement in the discernment of professional pathways.
Mentors will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping to provide direction and opportunities to a student that could help change the course of his or her life for the better. In fact, many mentors report that they benefit at least as much from the process of mentoring as do their mentees, and oftentimes more.
What are the Details of the 2016-17 “Pilot Project”?
- The 2016-2017 “Pilot Project” will run from the autumn of 2016 until the end of summer of 2017, though individual mentors and mentees may wish to extend their mentor/mentee relationship beyond this timeframe.
- Each mentor and mentee will decide together how often they would like to meet, but a minimum of three (3) meetings over coffee or a light meal during the course of the year (2 initiated by the mentor, 1 by the mentee) is strongly recommended.
- Hart House will host a reception for all mentors and mentees to officially “launch” this initiative in late 2016, as well as a “thank you” event in the spring of 2017.
- All program participants will receive special invitations to a number of additional Hart House events throughout the year.
For more information about the Hart House Mentorship Program “Pilot Project”, please contact Andrea Blackler, Development Coordinator, Hart House at email@example.com or 416-946-7325.
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