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Advancing YU | Student Information

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from the best! Students are expected to invest 20 hours in the program. In return you will receive guidance and mentorship from York alumni who are at the top of their fields. In addition to professional coaching, you will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Benefits of the Program

Mentorship from Senior Leaders

Personal & Professional Development Opportunities

Financial Support


Stream: Advancing Black Students

The Advancing Black Students program is designed for Black LA&PS students in their third or fourth year of study (completed a minimum of 54 credits).

Stream: Advancing Women Students

The Advancing Women Students program is designed for women LA&PS students in their third or fourth year of study (completed a minimum of 54 credits). 

Eligible students may apply for one or both streams. 

Monthly Commitment

Each month, participating students will be required to invest one hour in each of the following activities:

  • Coaching: Individual time with their mentor, 1 on 1 networking, connections and career conversations
  • Professional and Personal Development: Attending workshops that focus on career and personal development organized by the program
  • Personal Reflection: at the end of each program, you will be asked to complete a journal submission to log your activities and reflect on what you have learned and how you will apply this to your current and future goals

Application Process

With limited spots available, each stream will have 22 alumni mentors and 66 student participants.  To be considered for Advancing YU, fill out an application.

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Applications close on Sep 12, 2023 at noon.

Committee Selection

The Program's Committee will review applications for both streams. Students who are selected will be organized into “quartets” that will consist of one mentor and three students.

We will notify the selected students by late September. They will receive the first half of their funding (ie. $500) in December. The remaining $500 will be transferred to them upon completion of the program in April.

Program Launch

The AYB Launch Event will be October 18  for students accepted to the program. The AYW Launch Event will be October 19 for students accepted to the program. Student orientation will be on October 16.

Students will be able to meet their mentors, assigned quartets and Advancing YU team at this event. 

The event's details will be shared with the students once they confirm/accept their participation in the program.