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Why get a mentor

Does it seem like you are the only student on campus with family responsibilities?

A mentor can share with you valuable tips and candid advice to help you balance the demands of caring for children with academic commitments in a safe and supportive environment. You may want to connect with a mentor to chat about:

  • Strategies and insights on caring for a family member
  • A specific question on child care
  • Getting your toddler to sleep
  • Your newly found pregnancy!

How to get a mentor

Send us an email at family.care@utoronto.ca and we will assign a mentor to you. You and the peer mentor can choose the best way to communicate. Our mentors are available to meet on a variety of dates and times.

Who are our mentors

Our peer mentors are University of Toronto students from diverse backgrounds - men and women, undergraduates and graduates, some are dealing with elder care and others with child care responsibilities or some with both.

Questions?

Please feel free to email family.care@utoronto.ca if you have any questions or call 416.978.0951.


Student Parent Mentor Application for 2017/18


Apply to be a Student Parent Mentor!

Are you a student with family responsibilities juggling family life and studies? Have you been at U of T for a year? Become a mentor and share your strategies and insights with your peers. This activity will be officially recognized with a notation in your transcripts and can be listed in your resume/CV! If you are ineligible, please consider other U of T mentorship programs available at the Mentorship Resource Centre.

Please fill out an application form and return it to family.care@utoronto.ca by August 25, 2017.

Download application form


Training and time commitment:

Mentors commit to attending a training session before the school year starts (see date below), one-on-one meetings with their mentees, and social events for a total commitment of at least 10 hours from September to March as detailed below. Mentors are always asked whether they can take a mentee or not.

Student parent mentors will:

  • Commit about 2 hours to mentoring student parents from September to March (in person, by email, phone, messaging or Skype), with the possibility of extending this commitment if the mentor so desires.
  • Let the Coordinator know about possible periods when not available during the year.
  • Commit to approximately eight hours for events and training as outlined below:
    • A 2½-hour training session on Wednesday August 30 from 10 am to 12:30 pm (lunch included) – contact us if you are not available to attend.
    • The Family Care Office Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities on Saturday September 16 possibly from 10 am to 1 pm, to be confirmed.
    • At least two more events in the fall term and two more on the winter term, to choose from one social at the beginning of the fall and winter terms, student group meetings, family & outreach events.

The Student Parent Mentorship Program is an approved activity for the Co-Curricular Record (CCR). In order for your volunteer work as a Student Parent Mentor to be recognized on the CCR you must complete the activities as outlined for the program, and you will be required to submit a self-reflection piece at the end of the academic year.

For further information on the program, please view the Information Guide.

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