Mentorship Program

The program connects graduate and mature part-time undergraduate students with successful alumni and friends of Hart House for meaningful relationships.

Overview

Graduate and mature part-time undergraduate students (2 years older than their cohort) at the University of Toronto expressed a desire for more mentorship opportunities. To address this need, the Hart House Mentorship Program was created, connecting students with successful alumni and friends of Hart House for meaningful mentor-mentee relationships.

This year, in order to service the needs of both students and young alumni, the program will include both one-on-one mentorship opportunities as well as Mentorship Networking Dinners where students, recent graduates and Hart House Alumni and Friends can connect to share mentorship conversations on career success and life after graduation in a relaxed environment.

  • 2015The year the Mentorship Program launched
  • 75Alumni and friends volunteer mentors
    (2023-2024)
  • 225Students from all three campuses
    (2023-2024)

What Makes Our Program Unique?

  • The Hart House Mentorship Program empowers a holistic approach that places the “whole person” at the centre of the experience.
  • Matches are based on a variety of factors including personal interests, aspirations and priorities. It is common for mentors and mentees to have completely different career fields because their extra-curricular interests are aligned.
  • Even students who do not get a one-on-one mentor are part of the program, and they are invited to find a match at the Opening Reception.

How does it work?

  • The mentorship program will run from October 2024 to April 2025.
  • Matches are invited to the Opening Reception and two Micro-Mentorship Dinners – October 9, 2024, November 13, 2024 and February 12, 2025.
  • Each mentor-mentee match will decide together how often they would like to meet, but a minimum of three (3) meetings during the school year are strongly recommended (can be in-person, online or phone meetings).
  • Mentors and mentees who are not matched are invited to the Opening Reception and two Micro-Mentorship Dinners – October 9, 2024, November 13, 2024 and February 12, 2025.
  • Mentors who have met with young alumni, current graduate students and mature part-time undergraduate students who seem to be a “good fit” can choose to continue growing a more formal mentorship relationship during the remainder of the school year and beyond.

Become a
Student Mentee

Target Audience U of T graduate student or a mature part-time undergraduate
Program Cycle September to April
Application Deadline September 1, 2024
Contact Bonnie Merchan-Douglas

If you are a U of T graduate student, or a mature part-time undergraduate (at least 2 years older than your cohort) and will be enrolled in courses starting in the Fall of 2023, then you are eligible to apply.

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 acquire the wisdom of a committed supporter.
Applications open on August 1, 2024

Become a
Mentor

Target Audience U of T graduate student or a mature part-time undergraduate
Program Cycle September to April
Application Deadline September 1, 2024
Contact Bonnie Merchan-Douglas

You don’t need to be a U of T alumnus to apply to become a Hart House mentor. Employed professionals will have the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to provide direction and opportunities to a student that could help change the course of their 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.

Serving as a mentor will allow you the opportunity to provide a recent graduate, 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.
Applications open July 15, 2024

I loved connecting with students and supporting them in their journey towards excellence!

Naomi Inniss

I really enjoyed getting to meet so many new people. I enjoyed spending time with my mentor and gaining insight on how to make the best of my time here. I honestly wish the program were longer.

Alexandria Ramoutar

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