What are Peer Helpers?

Peer Helpers are a small group of trained students who are available to meet with any current U of M or ICM student. Here are some of the things Peer Helpers can do during your appointment:

  • Be a non-judgmental, listening ear
  • Share relevant stories and advice based on their personal student experiences
  • Show you how to meet new people and get involved on campus
  • Help you find the right campus resources and supports

Virtual appointments are available throughout the summer! Appointments are available through our booking form

Read our FAQ for more information or check out the Peer Helper bios below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about Peer Helper appointments

Who can book an appointment with a Peer Helper?

Any student (from any faculty, program, or year) who is currently enrolled at the U of M or ICM is eligible to meet with a Peer Helper.

What can I talk about during a Peer Helper appointment?

You can talk about anything from feeling lonely during the pandemic to challenges that you are having in your classes. Peer Helpers are here to listen and share their experiences with you. They can even help you find ways to meet new people and get involved on campus. Peer Helpers are like casual, commitment-free mentors. 

Where are Peer Helper appointments held?

Peer Helper appointments are currently being held on Microsoft Teams.

How long is the Peer Helper appointment?

Peer Helper appointments are usually around 15 - 20 minutes.

How many times can I book an appointment?

You can book a one-time appointment or several appointments with Peer Helpers throughout the year. There is no guarantee that you will see the same person twice, but you can always check if this is possible by emailing studentlife@umanitoba.ca

If you are looking to connect with one person for a longer period of time, you may be interested checking out opportunities to be paired with a peer mentor.

Is there a cost for appointments?

No! Appointments are completely free. 

Peer Helper Bios

Photo of Peer Helper named Harman.

Harman (she/her)

Faculty of Science, Biochemistry
3rd Year

Favorite things include being outdoors, biking/running while listening to music, and karaoke or movie nights with friends and family

Photo of Peer Helper named Prabhleen standing in front of a brown curtain.

Prabhleen (she/her)

Asper School of Business, Accounting and Management Information Systems
4th Year

Loves playing soccer, singing/listening to music, taking nature photographs, and helping others

Want to become a Peer Helper?

Student Life's Peer Helpers work to support students both as they transition into university and throughout their academic journey. Peer Helpers meet with students one-to-one on a drop-in or appointment basis during weekly office hours, engage in student success outreach, and assist with the facilitation of student success workshops.

Peer Helpers…

  • Practice active listening during weekly office hours while mentoring students on a drop-in or appointment basis and when making effective referrals to campus resources and services 
  • Model student engagement and success, and support your peers in developing / refining strategies for success.
  • Support your peers in finding meaningful engagement opportunities on campus through tools such as the Co-curricular and experiential learning catalogs. 
  • Plan and host student success outreach events/presentations/workshops and help facilitate student workshops with the New Student Peer Mentoring Program and Student Life. 
  • Participate in ongoing reflection and personal development during weekly meetings as part of a community of Peer Helpers. 
  • Communicate and engage with students regularly through the development of social media content and responding to email inquiries.

Being a Peer Helper is an intensive volunteer experience that requires previous helping or mentoring experience and is a commitment of 125+ hours/per academic year. If this doesn’t sound like the right fit for you, you might be interested the Peer Mentor position.  

Benefits and Skill Development Areas

Some of the benefits of becoming a Peer Helper include:

  • Making a difference in students’ experiences at university 
  • Building transferrable skills that will help you in the future 
  • Making connections with campus resources and your peers 
  • Getting recognition on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) for the program
    • CCR recognition is provided to Peer Helpers who fulfil the required program commitments

Skill development areas include:

  • Interpersonal & helping skills 
  • Group facilitation skills 
  • Leadership skills 
  • Planning & organizing skills 
  • Verbal & non-verbal communication skills 
  • Self-awareness & personal strengths  

 

Position Requirements and Important Dates

Peer Helpers can expect to volunteer 125+ hours between September 2021 and April 2022.

REQUIREMENTS DATES/DEADLINES
Initial online training sessions
  • Monday, August 30 (6:00pm–8:30pm) 
  • Tuesday, August 31 (6:00pm–8:30pm) 
  • Thursday, September 2 (6:00pm–8:30pm) 

Online training modules

  • UM Privacy Training
  • UM Sexual Violence Prevention Modules
  • UM Accessibility for Manitobans Act (Customer Service Standard) Modules
  • UM Essentials

Estimated 6 hours

Completed on own time before September 7

Weekly office hours

Two hours per week

Scheduled based on availability

Weekly team meetings / additional training
  • September: Fridays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • October – April: Fridays, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Plan, design, create and host an interactive online outreach event, presentation or workshop  Once per term (dates decided in September) 

Miscellaneous tasks as assigned (e.g. planning, coordinating and practicing for event/workshop facilitation, record keeping, self-reflection activities, additional training opportunities)

Three to four hours per month
Year-end program evaluation  Approximately 30 minutes

All meetings and events 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 Helper:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student at the U of M (in any faculty/program) - knowledge of Fort Garry Campus resources is needed 
  • Minimum two years of study at the U of M 
  • Completion of at least 36 credit hours prior to Summer 2021 
  • Strong academic background (GPA 3.0; exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis) 
  • Returning as a full-time student for both the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms (minimum of 9 credit hours per term); exceptionsmay be made on a case-by-case basis 
  • In good conduct standing based on the University of Manitoba’s Behavioural Policies 
  • Previous experience in a helping or mentoring role is needed, other leadership experience may be considered 
  • Available for all 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 information

Contact Us

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

204-474-9093

Please note, our office is closed to in-person visits until further notice. The best way to get in touch with us is through email.