BMO Peer Mentorship Program

BMO Peer Mentorship Program

Iniskim Peer Mentorship Webpage  

Mission:
Through sharing of cultural tradition and values, the BMO Aboriginal Peer Mentorship Program provides peer-to-peer mentorship experiences for Aboriginal students at Mount Royal University. Recognizing the importance of supporting students as they transition into university, this program empowers both the mentor and mentee to establish relationships and hone their academic skills through education, culture, community and wellness. The BMO Aboriginal Peer Mentorship Program is committed to supporting Aboriginal student success.

Objectives:
Through participation in the BMO Aboriginal Peer Mentorship Program mentees will:
• Focus their academic direction
• Develop more self-awareness and self-directedness
• Develop strategies to successfully transition into Mount Royal University (MRU)
• Develop an understanding of Aboriginal culture
• Develop feeling of connectedness and belonging within the MRU community
• Understand the supports and services available to them for personal and academic success
• Increase their self-confidence

Through participation in the BMO Aboriginal Peer Mentorship Program mentors will:
• Develop mentorship and leadership skills
• Have a meaningful opportunity to give back to their community
• Understand and encourage the sharing of cultural traditions and values with their mentee
• Develop a feeling of connectedness and belonging within the MRU community
• Have an opportunity to be a College of Reading and Learning (CRLA) Certified Mentor which is internationally recognized (pending certification).

Reporting lines:
The peer mentors of the BMO Aboriginal Peer Mentorship Program report to the Coordinator of Student Success within the Iniskim Centre (the Aboriginal Student CentreServices and students served:
This program is specifically for Aboriginal Mount Royal students. The mentors in this program need to have a 3.00 GPA or higher and be in at least their second year at Mount Royal University. Experienced Aboriginal students will act as guides, mentors and role models to younger students, many of whom are living away from home for the first time and navigating cultural differences. The application deadline to be a mentor for the coming fall is May 15.  The mentees must meet with the Student Success Coordinator prior to being matched with a peer mentor. This is to be able to assess their level of commitment to the program as well as understand their personal needs and goals for participating in the program.