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Be a Peer Mentor

Looking for a rewarding opportunity to help a first-year student transition to university life and develop your leadership skills? Become a volunteer Peer Mentor. You’ll help students reach their academic, social and personal goals by answering their questions and sharing the inside scoop on York, LA&PS and New College resources and opportunities.

Through group workshops and one-on-one consultation services, the Peer Mentor team promotes independent learning by working with students to develop university-level learning skills and strategies, enhanced self-awareness, and improved academic confidence and success.​​

How it works

At the beginning of the Fall term, we will pair you as the Mentor to incoming students, or "mentees." Normally mentees will be in your program or area of specialization. You can expect to work with 15-20 new students during their first four months at York. Most, if not all, of your communication with mentees will be through e-mail. But you may also choose to meet some of them in person or connect through social media, messaging apps and so on. After Fall term ends, you can opt to continue being a Mentor in the following term(s) and be assigned new incoming students.

During your mentoring term, you will be expected to do the following:

Attend New Student Orientation Day in early September (Mentors in the Fall term), and early January (Mentors who continue in the Winter term)

Answer questions asked by mentees within 24 hours of receiving an e-mail, committing about one hour per week

Forward relevant information from New College (e.g., on events for first-year students) to mentees within 6 hours of receiving e-mail from the New College Program Assistant

Attend two New College events per term specifically designed for mentors and mentees (mandatory, unless you have class at the same time)

Stay in touch with your new student group by periodically sending follow up e-mails

Fill in the End-of-Term Online Survey on your experience as a peer mentor

Frequently Asked Questions

To become a Peer Mentor, you have to be a New College student preferably in the BCom, BHRM, BDEM or BA ITEC program; have strong written and verbal communication skills as well as be in good academic standing; be at least 2nd year level standing (that is, have completed 30 credits) at the start of your mentoring term (typically the beginning of the Fall term).

  • Help others and make new friends
  • Receive a Peer Mentoring Certificate to build your resume
  • Collect YU Connect volunteer hours
  • Great learning experience: After their mentoring experience, 71% of Mentors feel that being a Peer Mentor has "strongly helped" them build their network, 65% say that it strongly helped them develop leadership skills, and 59% that it strongly helped with their social and interpersonal skills (rest to 100% said it "helped somewhat" for each skill).
  • High satisfaction: 100% of New College Peer Mentors would recommend being a Mentor to other 2nd or higher-year students.
  • Receive training in how to help others and on the various resources and opportunities available on campus

Watch out for our calls for new mentors from newcol@yorku.ca. These calls and the respective application deadlines typically happen in March for the following academic year (starting in the Fall). If you have any questions please contact newcol@yorku.ca. For any other questions, email us at newcol@yorku.ca

After completing the Fall term, you may continue being a Mentor in the following term.