Rural eMentoring BC is a new online mentoring program available free to rural youth across the province of BC. Any high school student living outside the metro Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna areas can be a mentee.

In the program, volunteer mentors, who are post-secondary students in BC, help rural teens explore their options for after high school. The program is offered entirely online and is flexible, so it works around busy high school students’ schedules.

Mentors and mentees communicate by sending messages to each other through a safe and secure online platform. The conversations aren’t “live” so individuals can send messages whenever they want.

The program includes 12 learning modules—called “Conversations”—that include conversation sparkers, activities, videos and articles, and mentees can choose what they want to talk about.

Along the way, mentors will share their experiences, give personalized advice and provide support for their mentees. Mentors, who are all volunteers, are post-secondary students from universities and colleges all over BC, many of them participating because they wish they’d had a program like this when they were in high school!

This program is a unique opportunity for current high school students or recent graduates to personally learn about the experience of attending a college or university from a current post-secondary student.

eMentoring is FREE to join and can also be used for high school classes, or by any student who would benefit from having a mentor. The program, sponsored by UBC and the Rural Education Action Plan, is focused on the experience of post-secondary rather than any one specific post-secondary institution.

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