Peer Mentorship Program

MAPS Peer Mentorship Program

 

Program Operations During COVID19: The MAPS Peer Mentorship Program will be operating in line with the university's directive for the 2021-2022 academic year's delivery. Please see our full statement regarding program operations here

About the Program

Inspiring lifelong learning through transformational mentorship experiences.

The MAPS Peer Mentorship Program provides peer-to-peer mentorship experiences for first-year 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.

Join our MAPS community and you will also have access to group mentorship, social events, professional development, and volunteer opportunities. 

MAPS stands for "Mentors for Academic and Personal Success" 


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Work with a Peer Mentor

First-year and second-year students (mentees) in the program will:

  • Connect with an experienced MRU student in their academic program
  • Develop strategies to successfully transition into university life (both academically and personally)
  • Understand the supports and services available for personal and academic success
  • Increase their sense of belonging within the MRU community 

Applications for 2021-2022 are now open!

First and second year students are invited to apply to work with a peer mentor for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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We utilize Google Forms for our applications. If this is inaccessible for you and you require an alternative format, please contact us at maps@mtroyal.ca and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Deadline to apply: September 19, 2021

Other notes:

  • Matches will be made the week of September 20th, or sooner
  • Mentees will be required to complete an online Orientation (1-hour)
  • Program runs from September 2021 to April 2022

 

Why work with a Peer Mentor?

Check out the video below to hear about the value of working with a peer mentor:

 

 

 

Where else can I get support as a first-year student?

As a #New2MRU student, we encourage you to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) and check our the Getting Ready webpage created specifically to help first-year students get ready for life at MRU!

 


 

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Be a Peer Mentor

Peer Mentors in the program will:

  • Support first-year students transitioning into MRU through a mutually rewarding experience
  • Develop mentorship and leadership skills
  • Gain valuable leadership and community service experience to include on your resume and scholarship applications
  • Increase feelings of connectedness and belonging within the MRU community

Peer Mentors are:

  • In year 2 or higher of their academic (credit) program
  • Interested in helping first-year students succeed and grow
  • Committed to leadership development
  • Students in high academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher)

For the full role description, click here.

The 2021-2022 Peer Mentor Application is now closed. Please email maps@mtroyal.ca for all inquiries.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the program work?

First-year MRU students are matched with a more senior student in their academic program. The mentorship relationship begins in early-September and continues throughout the academic year until April. You will meet with your mentor for approximately 1 hour/week, and events will be planned throughout the year to support mentor/mentee relationships. 

How do I get involved?

If you are a first-year student interested in working with a peer mentor, click on “Work with a peer mentor” in the menu on the left. 

If you are a returning student interested in becoming a peer mentor to first year students, click on “Be a peer mentor” in the menu on the left.

How is MAPS different from the Peer Learning Program?

This mentorship program is different from the Peer Learning Program where learning peers (student leaders) help students with course-specific knowledge, study strategies, and encouragement. This program was formerly called the peer tutoring program. 

The MAPS peer mentorship program matches senior students (mentors) with first-year students (mentees) in their program or aspiring to be in their program. Mentors provide their mentees with mentorship and leadership in support of their transition into university life. They support them with academic advice and strategies, as well as personal/social support.

Contact Us

Phone: 403.440.8754

Email: maps@mtroyal.ca

Office: Room-EL2100, Riddell Library and Learning Centre

 

Join us on social media!

Twitter: @mrumentorship

Instagram: @mrumentorship

LinkedIn: MRU Mentorship

 

About the Team

The MAPS Peer Mentorship Program is led by two passionate full-time employees and a team of dedicated student volunteers.

Click here for staff profiles. 

Student leader profiles coming soon!