New Student Peer Mentoring Program

New Student and Peer Mentor visit the U of M greenhouse together.

The New Student Peer Mentoring Program (NSPMP) is for any new undergraduate student at the University of Manitoba. New students in the NSPMP will be matched with a trained upper-year student (Peer Mentor) who will help them with their transition into university.

Key elements of the NSPMP:

  • Make friends during small group meetings held by a Peer Mentor 
  • Build connection through direct communication and one-to-one meetings with a Peer Mentor
  • Learn new skills and important campus resources through workshops desgined for first-year students
  • Develop transferable, life-long skills as a Peer Mentor through extensive training opportunities
  • Get to know other students during fun social events!

New Students

Information and applications for new students are coming soon!

To be added to our mailing list for updates, please email peermentor@umanitoba.ca

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors in the New Student Peer Mentoring Program (NSPMP) work with Student Life to support new students as they transition into their first year of university. Through this program, Peer Mentors will aid in the successful integration of new students into the University of Manitoba campus community.

Peer Mentors in the New Student Peer Mentoring Program

  • Are paired with up to five new first-year students (their peers) at the U of M

  • Build and contribute to a mentoring relationship with peers by meeting regularly as a small group to discuss & share experiences, and to foster reflection and goal setting 

  • Model student engagement and support peers in developing / refining strategies for success 

  • Practice active listening and provide referrals to campus resources as necessary 

  • Participate in ongoing reflection and personal development as part of a community of Peer Mentors

Benefits and Skill Development Areas

Some of the benefits of becoming a Peer Mentor in the NSPMP include:

  • Making a difference in a new student’s experience at university 

  • Building transferrable skills that will help you in the future 

  • Making connections on campus and with your peers 

  • Getting co-curricular (CCR) recognition for your contributions to the program (CCR recognition is provided to peer mentors who fulfil the required program commitments)

Skill development areas include:

  • Group facilitation

  • Helping and coaching

  • Interpersonal communication (written, verbal, & non-verbal)

  • Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Position Requirements and Important Dates

Required Commitment

Peer Mentors can expect to volunteer a total of 60-80 hours between September 2020 and April 2021.

*Please note, the time committment and requirements are different from previous years so please make sure you read the requirements and important dates listed below!

Requirements
dates/deadlines
Initial online training sessions Wednesday, September 1 (6:00pm–8:30pm) and Thursday, September 2 (6:00pm–8:30pm) 

Online training modules
- UM Privacy Training
- UM Sexual Violence Prevention Modules
- UM Essentials 

Estimated 5 hours

Completed on own time before September 7

Program Kick-Off Friday, September 17 (5:30-7:30pm) 
Small-group mentoring (provide mentoring support during small-group
meeting with up to five assigned first-year student peers)

30 minutes per month (minimum)

Completed on own time; mutually scheduled by Peer Mentor and first-year student peers

One-to-one communication with first-year student peers
(includes texting, emailing, and 1-1 meetings by request)

Approximately 2-4 hours per month

Completed on own time; mutually scheduled by Peer Mentor and first-year student peer

Professional Development Meetings

Thursdays (4:00-6:00pm OR 6:00-8:00pm)

  • Fall: September 16, October 14, November 18
  • Winter: January 13, February 10, and March 10
Peer Mentor Team Meetings

Thursdays (4:00-6:00pm OR 6:00-8:00pm)

  • Fall: September 30, October 28, December 2
  • Winter: January 27, February 24, March 24 
Two social events per term

Approximately 2 hours per term

Multiple options available; dates announced at Program Kick-off

Year-end program evaluation 

Approximately 30 minutes

All meetings and events for the NSPMP will be held online until further notice. A virtual option will remain in effect for the 2021-2022 academic year.  

Eligibility

Eligibility to be a Peer Mentor: 

  • Current undergraduate student at the U of M (in any faculty/program) - knowledge of Fort Garry Campus resources is needed 

  • Minimum one year of study at the U of M 

  • Completion of at least 18 credit hours prior to Summer 2021 

  • Strong academic background (GPA 3.0; exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis)  

  • In good conduct standing based on the University of Manitoba’s Behavioural Policies 

  • Returning as a student for both the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms 

  • Available for the program requirements listed above to allow for full participation in the program 

Application Checklist

  1. Read all of the position information above
  2. Confirm you are available for all of the requirements and dates
  3. Confirm you are eligible to apply
  4. Submit an application using the button below
  5. If selected, attend an interview with the Student Life team!

If you have questions, please email peermentor@umanitoba.ca

More mentoring opportunities

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Learn more about the Peer Helpers and book an appointment

Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program

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Learn more about Neechiwaken Peer Mentor Program

International Centre Welcome Mentors

In the Welcome Mentors program, mentors provide one-on-one intercultural, personal and academic support to their mentees for one academic term. Mentors complete training to support mentees during their transition to university. 

Learn more about Welcome Mentors

Additional experiences

Whether you're brand new to the university, an experienced student or a recent graduate, finding a mentor can be a valuable experience.

Many departments and faculties have programs that can help you connect with a mentor for support. Check with your faculty or department to learn more.

Contact us

Student Life
225 University Centre
65 Chancellor's Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

204-474-9093