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BPK PEER MENTORSHIP: Mentor Expectations and Responsibilities
The BPK Peer Mentorship Program is a student-driven initiative affiliated with the BPK Student Association (BPKSA) that aims to strengthen the BPK community by connecting incoming first-years with more senior BPK students. Our goal is to give first-years the most successful, easy, and fun transition from high school to university.
As a second, third, or fourth+ year BPK student, you have accumulated valuable knowledge over your time here at SFU and we wish to harness that wisdom for incoming first year BPK students to ensure their transition to life here at our university is successful. We are looking for mentors that are highly engaged students in the BPK community as well as through other volunteer opportunities, who have proven themselves academically, and who can take on whatever university life has to throw at them. We want people who enjoy the pursuit of their degree and are looking to support and guide an incoming student. Your participation as a mentor will further the success and integration of that new student in a profound way.
All that is required from you is a genuine commitment to the program and an actual interest in supporting and guiding the student(s) that you will be paired with. While the program is simple, flexible, and so much fun, we do have a few expectations that we will hold you accountable to as a mentor:
- Attend SFU peer mentorship training on July 15th, 2017 (9am to 1pm)
- Complete the online canvas training (approximately 1.5 hours) before you attend the in-person training
- Attend and participate in at least two BPK or Peer Mentorship Program events with your mentee such as BPK Kickoff, KinCup, Careers in BPK, etc.
- Encourage your mentee to attend such events even if you cannot attend yourself
- You will be paired with 1 or 2 mentees and will be expected to carry out “mentor duties” with each one (see below)
- Participate in program evaluation and individual reflection at the end of each semester
- Maintain communication with the Director throughout the year on your progress as a mentor
- Respond to emails within 48 hours
- Send a “Welcome to BPK Peer Mentorship” email to your mentee within one week of being paired
- Meet your mentee face-to-face within the first two weeks of the semester
- Carry out a minimum of 4 contacts per semester with mentee via face-to-face meeting, email, phone or text
- Provide support and guidance to your mentee throughout the fall and spring semesters
- Keep all information shared by your mentee confidential (unless your mentee is in an unsafe situation)
- Create and maintain a positive, friendly, and encouraging relationship with your mentee
- Maintain a professional relationship with your mentee
- Be knowledgeable about university resources and pursue an answer if you do not know it
- Be willing to share your first year experience and the way you adjusted
- Recognition on your Co-Curricular Record
- A reference letter will be provided upon successful completion, per request
MENTORSHIP COMMITMENT PERIOD:
0-1 hours per week during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters, as well as 5-6 hours of training over the Summer of 2017.
As a mentor, you have a number of responsibilities and expectations, as discussed and outlined. However, it is crucial to understand your boundaries as a mentor. You CANNOT do/be everything for your mentee! Trying to carry out responsibilities outside your role may seem like a helpful thing to do, but in fact, may end up doing more harm than help. Note that this will be covered in our Summer mentorship training.
A MENTOR IS NOT:
- A playmate or romantic partner
- A tutor
- A professional counsellor or therapist
- An academic advisor
- A surrogate parent
- A saviour
- Without fault or “all knowing”
It is useful to discuss with your mentee what their expectations are of you. What do they hope to get out of the program? Will they try to call you at 2am the night before their midterm or have you discussed hours that they can reach you? Questions like these should be discussed as soon as possible in order to bring to light any discrepancies between expectations. Remember that program directors are always available to assist and support you.
THE FUN STUFF:
While the above all sounds very serious and formal we ultimately want you and your mentees to have fun! Hopefully, you are matched with your mentee based on similar interests and actually enjoy spending time with them!
We really want to thank you for reading this blurb. If you decide to participate in our Peer Mentorship program, you will undoubtedly be a wonderful influence on someone’s first year at SFU.
Click here for the BPK Peer Mentor Application Form, for new mentors.
Click here for the BPK Peer Mentor Application Form, for returning mentors.
The deadline to apply is May 31th, 2017.
Please download the file and fill out your application directly on the PDF, then send it to email@example.com along with your resume.