As a mentor for ReMBC, you will be helping rural youth explore their options for after high school. You'll be asked to share your experiences, give advice, and provide support to rural high school students.
If you are entered into our mentor pool, you will be eligible to:
Mentor a student one-on-one through our online platform: You will guide your mentee through an online curriculum that includes topics like well-being, post secondary, and careers. Communication happens via asynchronous messaging, so you can write your mentee a message whenever you want, as long as you respond to their messages within 3 days. Learn more
Virtually speak to a high school class in a rural community: share your journey to post-secondary, answer questions, and provide your perspective to a class of students. Learn more
Join discussion groups with other mentors: meet mentors from post-secondary schools all over BC, and get access to unique professional development opportunities.
Your Role as a Mentor
Our mentees are attending high school outside the lower-mainland, Victoria, and Kelowna metro- areas of BC
Most are participating as a requirement for their careers courses, though some participate voluntarily.
Our mentees have a mixed bag of career and educational interests; though we do have mentees interested in STEM and humanities, we also have mentees interested in the fine arts, entertainment, and trades.
We try to match you to your mentee based on shared career interests, hobbies, experiences, and personal preferences. However, our mentees' interests are typically more diverse than our mentors, so you might have at least one match who is on a different path than yours. For example, you might be paired with a student who wants to be a welder, millwright, mechanic, or enter the workforce right after graduation. Think of it as an opportunity to learn from someone completely different than you. You'll get experience communicating with new and different demographics - a skill that could be valuable to your future career.
About your mentees
Rural students in BC have lower high school graduation rates, lower educational attainment, and are less prepared for post-secondary than their urban counterparts. Among the reasons is the relative lack of post-secondary graduates in rural communities, which means fewer role models who place a high value on education--in other words rural high school students don't know very many people who went to post-secondary, so they have fewer sources of information about their educational options. ReMBC aims to fill that gap by bringing post-secondary student mentors to rural communities. Moreover, since rural communities have a shortage of post-secondary educated workers, such as educators and healthcare professionals, we also hope that in learning more about life in rural communities, you might consider the advantages of spending some of your career in a rural area.
How to Apply
Eligibility: you must be a post secondary student either studying in BC, or if you are studying outside BC you must have graduated from a BC high school.
If your application is accepted, you will be entered into our mentor pool. Matches are made based on demand and compatibility, so we cannot guarantee that you will be matched with a mentee.
To apply to be entered into our mentor pool, please send the following items in one email to email@example.com.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until our mentor pool is full. The sooner you complete your application, the higher your chance of being accepted.
Your completed application form. Download application form
Your resume that includes your education, any work experience, and volunteer/outreach activities.
Proof of a Criminal Record Check OR please indicate in your email that you require a Criminal Record Check. Please use the following flow chart to determine the appropriate course of action.
Unsatisfactory results of the Criminal Record Check could result in dismissal from the program.
ReMBC reserves the right to ask for professional references if we deem it necessary.
Thanks for applying to be a mentor!
You will hear from us within 5 business days.