About The Program

The Becoming YU Student Success Mentorship program is a new initiative launched in September 2020 that gives students outside of Work/Study positions the opportunity to experience the Becoming YU program as either a mentee or a peer mentor. Becoming YU provides students with a framework to set meaningful goals, identify the skills they want to develop to achieve those goals and provide them with tools to reflect on and track their progress. Through Becoming YU students will learn to articulate their skills and accomplishments with confidence, both in person and in their resume or cover letter.

Each student (mentee) in the program will be assigned a peer mentor who will guide them through the program in a series of check-ins.

"I was not sure what to expect with the Becoming YU Student Success Mentorship program, and I was pleasantly surprised by how helpful and beneficial it has been. The program encouraged me to engage in self-reflection activities to identify areas of improvement in competencies that furthered both my personal and professional skills-sets. My mentor helped guide me in becoming more proactive in taking the steps towards accomplishing my goals and improving my capabilities. My mentor was encouraging, patient, compassionate and very knowledgeable, guiding me and keeping me productive and on the right track, towards success. I had a wonderful experience with Becoming YU and hope to one day take the role of a mentor to help guide fellow students."                                                                                                                                                                          - Samantha Janae


Program Breakdown Fall/Winter 2021-22

First Checkpoint (Individual) – October

-    Individual Checkpoint & Introduction to the program
-    Time: 30 mins
-    Date Range: Oct. 11th - Oct. 22nd
-    The first checkpoint occurs in the first two weeks after being onboarded into the program. Mentees meet with their peer mentors to discuss goals that they’d like to set for the year, these goals are specific to their position/role and their personal leadership, academic and career goals. Once objectives have been determined, skill-building experiences/projects will be discussed to determine how the mentee can achieve these goals.

Second Checkpoint (Group) – November

-    Group Checkpoint & Progress Measurement
-    Time: 45-50 mins
-    Date Range: Nov. 15th – Nov. 26th
-    This group checkpoint allows students to collaborate with each other by finding meaningful ways to accomplish their goals, give feedback and practice their networking skills.

Third Checkpoint (Individual) – January

-    Individual Checkpoint & Progress Measurement
-    Time: 30 mins
-    Date Range: Jan. 10th - Jan. 14th
-    Mentees meet with their peer mentor to discuss their accomplishments as well as their progression towards their goals by assessing their growth and addressing any challenges they have had.

Fourth Checkpoint (Group) – February

-    Group Checkpoint & Progress Measurement
-    Time: 45-50 mins
-    Date Range: Feb. 7th - Feb. 11th
-    This group session allows students to discuss with their peers about their progression towards their goals and any challenges/accomplishments that may have occurred.

Fifth Checkpoint (Individual) – March

-    Individual Checkpoint & Final Progress and Achievements Check
-    Time: 30 mins
-    Date Range: Mar. 21st - Apr. 1st
-    Mentees meet with their peer mentors for a final time to recap their goal progression and achievements throughout the program. 

All successful participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

 


Becoming YU Student Success Peer Mentors

The role of the “Student Success Peer Mentors” is a leadership role where students are trained as student-coaches and help guide fellow students by facilitating the student’s development and progress towards achieving their desired goals and objectives. They act as student representatives for York University, taking part in a variety of leadership and coaching workshops.
 
How to Qualify for the Becoming YU Volunteer Student Success Mentorship Program?
To qualify for the Becoming YU Volunteer Student Success Ambassador Program you must meet the following requirements:
 
- Students must have completed their first year of study
- Must have completed the Becoming YU program in the past
- Believe in the benefits gained by participating in the Becoming YU program
 
Applications for the F/W 2021-2022 term are now closed.
 
What do I gain from this Program?
You gain....
- Certificate/Badge upon completion
- Learn leadership skills and employability skills as well as improve and develop new skills
- Help enhance coaching and advising skills for future opportunities
- Practice speaking and communication skills
- Gain valuable volunteer work experiences
 
Are you an peer mentor in this program? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know any feedback you have!


Becoming YU Student Success Mentees

The ‘Student Success Mentorship’ program gives students not currently in work-study positions the opportunity to complete the Becoming YU program. Becoming YU provides students with a framework to set meaningful goals, identify the skills they want to develop to achieve those goals and provide them with tools to reflect on and track their progress. Through Becoming YU students will recognize the value of their experiences, have greater clarity about their leadership and career goals, and articulate their skills and accomplishments with confidence! You will be assigned a Becoming YU Student Ambassador for the year–otherwise known as your student-coach, who will help facilitate your development and progress towards achieving your desired goals and objectives.

What do I gain from this Program?

You gain....
-    Certificate/Badge upon completion
-    A better understanding of who you are, and all that you’ve gained from this “experience”.
-    An understanding of how to make meaning of your experiences and skills development.
-    The ability to articulate and provide examples of your skills and accomplishments.

How to Qualify for the Becoming YU Student Success Mentee Program?

-    Must not be a current Work/Study student.
-    Must have an experience you wish to document, such as a part-time job, volunteer/student leadership role, be a member of a club/team. It does not matter whether they are on or off campus. If you do not have any of these, you may choose to document your role as a student.

Applications for the F/W 2021 - 2022 academic year are now closed.

 

Are you a student in the Student Success Mentorship program? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know any feedback you have!
 

Have questions? Need more guidance?

Email us at becomeyu@yorku.ca any time!