Peer Mentors

The Peer Mentor Program is currently at capacity for the winter term and accepting students to the waitlist. If you would like a spot on the waitlist or have questions about other support services on campus, email mentoring@queensu.ca.

A peer mentor helps a student.

Program Overview

The Peer Mentor Program is a volunteer program delivered by Student Academic Success Services. The program is designed to match-upper year peer mentors with other Queen’s students who are experiencing learning challenges or a mental health issue; however, the program is open to all Queen’s students who believe that they would benefit from the support of a Mentor.

The goal of the program is to help students develop the skills they will need to be successful at university. Mentors form meaningful relationships with their mentees to provide support and model university survival skills and mental health-coping strategies. The program aims to build confidence, encourage healthy lifestyles, and contribute to a satisfying university experience.


Program Details

  • Requests for a Peer Mentor are accepted from September until mid-February.
  • Students may hear about the program from a counsellor, residence don, accessibility services staff member, learning strategist or a faculty/staff member. Students may also self-refer into the program.
  • You and your mentor will set mutually-convenient regular meetings, often in the Learning Commons in Stauffer Library.
  • You may meet weekly for up to one hour.
  • There is no cost to participate.

How can a Peer Mentor help me?

A mentor can assist with some or all of the following:

  • Answering questions about university life
  • Adjusting to university life and academics
  • University survival skills
  • Getting involved on campus
  • Problem-solving and goal-setting
  • Time management skills
  • Reading and note-making skills
  • Exam preparation skills
  • Managing exam anxiety
  • Seeing the “Big Picture”
  • Focus and concentration
  • Increasing motivation
  • Decreasing procrastination
  • Stress management tips
  • Healthy lifestyle assessment
  • Accessing campus resources
  • And more!

On behalf of current mentoring team, we can’t wait to meet you!


Request a Mentor

Requesting a mentor is easy! The first step is to book a 30 minute intake appointment with the Program Coordinator. Appointments can be made online, select “Mentee Intake” from the schedule options..

The intake meeting is an opportunity for you to learn more about the Peer Mentor program, to discuss why you are interested in being matched with a Mentor and to share what you would like to achieve during your time in the program.


Peer Mentor Recruitment

 

Interested in volunteering with the Peer Mentor program in 2018-19? Check back here in January 2018 for more information on how to apply.

Benefits of becoming a peer mentor:

  • Build a deeper connection with the Queen’s community
  • Comprehensive training and ongoing professional development
  • Certificate of contribution for your professional portfolio
  • Meet other students with similar interests
  • Volunteer jacket bar
  • Leadership opportunities available after successful completion of first year
  • Free meal at full-day training sessions and snacks at evening sessions
  • Enjoy a great on campus volunteer opportunity that works around your schedule

Faculty and Staff

Supporting Students

Do you know a student who would benefit from peer mentorship? There are two ways to connect them with the Peer Mentor Program!

  1. Book an intake appointment through our online booking system – it’s easy! Select “Mentee Intake” from our schedule options.
  2. Email mentoring@queensu.ca with the student’s name and contact information. We will reach out to them.

Request Promotional Materials

The Peer Mentor Program has a variety of promotional materials for faculty and staff to display in their departments including posters and brochures. If you are interested in receiving a promotional package or having the Coordinator speak to your team, please email mentoring@queensu.ca 


Contact Us

Questions about the program? Email: mentoring@queensu.ca