Branching Out is a mentoring program that brings together senior UTS students with a diverse selection of young, established alumni in one-on-one mentoring partnerships.
The program supports students’ development as engaged, socially responsible leaders in their fields of interest by facilitating the exploration of career/university goals, personal passions and pursuits.
For alumni, Branching Out strengthens their connection to the school community by encouraging them to share their knowledge and experience with a new generation of UTS students.
Mentees are senior students. Mentors are UTS alumni in any field or profession, typically having graduated in the last five to twenty years.
The Program Coordinators match participants based on detailed profiles that both mentors and mentees complete.
The formal mentoring partnerships begin in the spring of S5/Grade 11 and are in place for the students' final year of high school.
Mentoring pairs communicate for a minimum of two to four hours each month via email, telephone, or ideally in person.
Throughout the year, mentoring pairs are expected to attend several planned events, including an orientation session and a closing celebration, as well as to arrange visits to the mentor's place of work, university campuses or events or activities that are relevant to the partnership. Partnership activities are monitored periodically throughout the term of the program.
If you're interested in being a mentor or mentee, please email Carrie Flood, Alumni Affairs Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.