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Reach Mentorship Program

Reach Mentorship Program

What is the Reach Mentorship Program? 

FAHSS student who are selected to become mentors have a unique opportunity to develop their leadership and mentorship skills through professional development training. These students will learn different abilities and techniques to provide support and mentor incoming first year and second year FAHSS students through the Reach Program

​Reach is an online peer support program designed to help first and second-year students by providing academic assistance through a virtual platform. By joining a Reach session, students can expect to receive advice and tips from an upper year student relating to:

  • Student Life (Joining clubs, extra-curricular activities, on-campus involvement);
  • Study Skills Strategies; 
  • Time Management Strategies; 
  • Campus Resources/Services;
  • Transition Frequently Asked Questions  

Some of the skills that student mentors will be learning through the program are:  

  • Campus Knowledge  
  • Mentorship  
  • Reflection  
  • Feedback 
  • Communication 
  • Leadership  
  • Teamwork  
  • Personal Development  

Students who are enrolled in the RMP can select to be in three tracks based on their experiences: Primary, Junior, and Senior

The Reach Peer acts as a support for first and second-year students in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The Reach Peer will hold general office hours throughout the week from 12 – 8 PM via online and will answer questions from students on all matters relating to student life. 

The Reach Peer will aid first and second-year students through Microsoft Teams, email, and the UWin FAHSS App. In addition, the Reach Peer is required to attend monthly Learning Sessions throughout the semester for skills improvement. 

Admission Requirements 

  • A current arts, humanities or social sciences student; 
  • Must be in at least in 2nd year; 
  • Must have a cumulative average of 70%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, a successful Reach Peer will be able to… 

  1. Support first and second-year students. 
  2. Identify UWindsor’s campus services and resources. 
  3. Locate academic resources for first and second-year students. 
  4. Develop a rapport with first and second-year students. 
  5. Articulate the importance of developing communication, leadership, teamwork, and mentorship skills. 

 

The Reach Peer Mentor acts as a support to first and second-year students through the Reach program. They will answer questions on all matters relating to student life. The Reach Peer Mentor will aid first and second-year students through Microsoft Teams, email, and the UWin FAHSS App. In addition, the Reach Peer Mentor will act as a mentor in the First Year Transform program and will assist with outreach initiatives to promote the program (i.e., Instagram live, Facebook live, Class talks, etc.). 

In the First Year Transform program, Reach Peer Mentor will be given a group of first-year students in FAHSS and will have to create and initiate breakout activities to help with their transition to first year university.

In addition, the Reach Peer is required to attend monthly Learning Sessions throughout the semester for skills improvement.

Admission Requirements 

  • A current arts, humanities or social sciences student; 
  • Must be in at least in 2nd year; 
  • Must have a cumulative average of 70%;
  • Must have one full year of Primary experience OR have taken Mentorship and Learning


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, a successful Reach Peer Mentor will be able to… 

  1. Support first and second-year students. 
  2. Identify UWindsor’s campus services and resources. 
  3. Locate academic resources for first and second-year students. 
  4. Develop effective breakout plans to help with student transition. 
  5. Identify different barriers to academic success in first year. 
  6. Organize outreach initiatives to help bring awareness to the Reach program. 
  7. Execute effective outreach plans. 
  8. Articulate the importance of developing communication, leadership, teamwork, and mentorship skills. 

The Senior Reach Peer acts as the Lead Mentor for all Reach Peers and Reach Peer Mentors. In this role, the Senior Reach Peer will assist with the development of the learning sessions, plan and organize recruitment initiatives, and sit on the Student Success and Retention Committee. 


The Learning Session is a professional development series with the aim to help Reach Peers and Reach Peer Mentors develop professional skills (i.e., Campus Knowledge, Mentorship, Reflection, Feedback, Communication, Leadership, Teamwork, and Personal Development). The role of the Senior Reach Peer is to help the Student Success and Academic Support Coordinator with facilitating and presenting the Learning Sessions to the Reach Peers and Reach Peers Mentors. 


In addition, the Senior Reach Peer will help with designing a recruitment strategy for the upcoming year’s Reach Peers and Reach Peer Mentors, as well they will sit on the Student Success and Retention Committee (SSRC) - Student Edition to present ideas and advise the Student Success and Academic Support Coordinator on how to improve the service for first and second-year students. 

 

Admission Requirements 

  • A current arts, humanities or social sciences student; 
  • Must be in at least in 2nd year; 
  • Must have a cumulative average of 70%;
  • Must have one full year of Junior experience


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, a successful Senior Reach Peer will be able to… 

  1. Support Reach Peers and Reach Peer Mentors with their tasks. 
  2. Develop Learning Sessions based on skills development. 
  3. Execute engaging Learning Sessions for Reach Peers and Reach Peer Mentors. 
  4. Identify UWindsor’s campus services and resources. 
  5. Organize an effective recruitment strategy. 
  6. Select best practices to improve the student experience of first and second-year students. 


 


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Get Involved


If you have any questions about the Reach Mentorship Program, please email reachvolunteer@uwindsor.ca. 

Fun fact: Our Reach Peers have volunteered for more than 500+ hours since the launch of the program! 


Student Testimonials 

  • "The Reach Peer Advising program is a wonderful opportunity to build leadership skills and mentor first year students. It's really rewarding to give back to the community and help students who are struggling to ease their worries and conflicts. As a fellow peer who has been there before, I had unique, relevant insight on courses, profs, studying for exams, balancing schoolwork with social interactions, and the various resources and opportunities available on campus that I wanted to share so other students could succeed in their academic careers and get the most out of their experience at UWindsor. Tony and his team helped to facilitate us for the role too. At first I was a bit worried on how to address the students' concerns, but during the learning sessions they allowed me to develop my communication, leadership, teamwork and management skills so I could be an effective mentor. I would recommend everyone to become a Reach Peer- not only do you get to help others, but you're truly a part of something bigger than yourself!"
  • "The new and improved Reach Peer Advising program is an amazing addition to the list of resources that the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences has in store for students. Being a Reach Peer, I’ve had the opportunity to enhance my mentorship abilities by attending consistent learning sessions that provide practical knowledge which has been extremely useful, not just as an advisor but also in other realms of my university experience. It has given me faith in my abilities as a leader, by pushing me outside of my comfort zone and bringing out the best in me. I can proudly say that I am a more confident, informed and resourceful mentor and it’s all credits to the improved Reach advising program."