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UFV Lead

Please note that most UFV co-curricular activities are currently being offered in an online format. Some elements of the UFV Lead program will be modified to reflect this change. To learn more about UFV's response to COVID-19, please visit the UFV COVID-19 update page.

 

What is UFV Lead?

UFV Lead is a dynamic and personalized peer-mentorship and leadership development program for students at any stage in their studies at UFV!

The program’s four-tier mentorship network gives students at various stages in their academic careers an opportunity to receive mentorship, and to mentor others, as they study at UFV, participate in program activities, and take on new and exciting leadership roles in their community.

UFV Lead students get access to unique experiential learning opportunities, personal and professional development workshops, and social connections that will prepare them for academic success, workplace success, and responsible citizenship.

Through personalized support from program staff, students are guided to reflect on their learning, and to mentor each other as they continue to identify and work towards their personal, professional, and academic goals.

 

Get Involved!

UFV Lead strives to create community, and promote leadership development and wellness for students at any stage in their studies at UFV and beyond! Take a look at each role in UFV Lead's four-tier Mentorship Network below to find a level that's the best fit for you.

Level 1 - Mentee   (for students starting their first year at UFV)

Level 2 - Mentor   (for current UFV students)

Level 3 - Senior Mentor   (for current upper level UFV students)

Level 4 - Community Coach   (for UFV staff, faculty, alumni, and beyond!)

 

How to Apply

If you are starting your studies at UFV in September 2020:

Online applications for Level 1 mentees are available now! Extended deadline to apply: July 23, 2020. 

Apply today!

 

 If you are a current UFV student looking to grow your mentorship & leadership skills in 2020-2021:

Applications for Level 2 or Level 3 mentors are now closed. 
Please check back with us in February for a chance to apply next year!

 If you are a member of our community who would like to support a UFV student leader in 2020-2021:

Please email lead@ufv.ca to let us know you're interested in becoming a Community Coach!

 

 

 UFV Lead's Four-tier Mentorship Network

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Level 1 - Mentee

Who are you?

You are a new-to-UFV student looking to connect with others, and develop the leadership skills that will help you succeed academically, personally, and professionally in your first year at UFV.

Why Join UFV Lead?

We know that starting university (or starting at a new university) can be both exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time. UFV Lead mentees get access to peer-mentorship through a flexible and supportive program that will help you thrive and develop your leadership style from the beginning of your university career. Engaging with UFV Lead’s mentorship and leadership development program will facilitate your personal growth and academic achievement.

What should you expect?

Time commitment: 2-5 hours per month.
Program duration: Your first two semesters, September—May

  • Attend a weekend-long leadership retreat in September with the whole Lead Team
  • You will be paired with a current UFV student-mentor, who will be there to answer your questions, help you get involved, and be a friendly face on campus.
  • Your leadership development and personal growth will be a priority. You will meet regularly with your mentor to discuss how you can achieve your leadership goals so you become the best you that you can be!
  • Work through activities in your leadership workbook to help you identify your personal, professional, and academic goals, and get you thinking critically about your learning.
  • Get invited to regular leadership skill builder workshops and social events, and have special opportunities to grow as leaders in the UFV community!

 

Apply today!

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Level 2 - Mentor

Who are you?

You are a current UFV student who has completed 2 semesters or more, and you’re looking for ways grow your skills as a leader at UFV and beyond. You want to help others discover and develop their own leadership skills, and get involved in university life at UFV, and connect with like-minded students who will help you do the same.

Why Join UFV Lead?

This is your chance to volunteer as a mentor new-to-UFV students as they transition to university life at UFV. You will get to answer their questions, connect them to helpful campus resources, and help them grow as leaders. Plus, you’ll be supported by your own personal peer-mentor, and the rest of the UFV Team, every step of the way. Becoming a UFV Lead mentor will help you unlock your skills for personal, professional, and academic success throughout your university career.

What should you expect?

Volunteer Time commitment: 10-15 hours per month

Program duration: One year, April—May

  • Attend a weekend-long leadership retreat in September with the whole lead team
  • Receive specialized training and support for your role from Senior Mentors and Program Staff.
  • A major part of your role is being a mentor to two or three new-to-UFV students. This will involve checking in regularly via email, and meeting with them in person to provide them with feedback and advice, and simply being an empathetic and supportive person in their lives.
  • You get mentored too! Your mentor will help you develop your mentorship skills, and give you support and advice as you work to achieve your personal, professional, and leadership goals.
  • You’ll get a chance to work together with a team to plan educational and social events throughout the year.
  • Work through activities in your leadership workbook to help you identify your personal, professional, and academic goals, and get you thinking critically about your learning.
  • You will be a part of an extensive network of student leaders and staff. It’s a great way to meet people and make meaningful connections with like-minded folks!

 

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Level 3 - Senior Mentor

Who are you?

You are an upper-level UFV student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, and a commitment to community and personal growth. You’re looking for opportunities to continue your leadership journey, and share what you’ve learned through your experiences by mentoring others, and giving back to your community.

Why Join UFV Lead?

UFV Lead has the resources to help you identify and refine your personal leadership style, and give you the opportunities you need to get you to the next level of your leadership development. With one-on-one support from the Program Co-ordinator, and a Community Coach, you will work towards your personal, professional, or academic goals. Plus, you’ll get the chance to share what you’re learning with your own mentees as they work on developing their leadership and mentorship skills.

What should you expect?

Volunteer Time commitment: 15-20 hours per month

Program duration: One year, April—May

  • Receive specialized training and support for your role from Program Staff.
  • Support your peers as they develop their own leadership skills by helping to plan and facilitate training activities at a weekend-long leadership retreat in September for the whole lead team
  • You will be a mentor to two Level 2 UFV Lead students as they grow their own mentorship skills. You will support each of your team members with their personal development and with their needs as mentors to new students.
  • You get a mentor too! Receive mentorship and support from a member of the alumni community, UFV staff or faculty, or someone in the community who is compatible with your career or lifestyle goals.
  • Share your passions with the whole Lead Team! You’re encouraged to bring an initiative or project to life that will inspire positive change on our campus and/or community.
  • Help facilitate UFV Lead programming, this includes helping run training sessions, organizing educational and social events throughout the year, and supporting New Student Orientation activities each semester.
  • Work through activities in your leadership workbook to help you identify your personal, professional, and academic goals, and get you thinking critically about your learning.
  • You will be a part of an extensive network of student leaders and staff. It is a great way to meet people and make meaningful connections with like-minded folks.

 

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Community Coach

Who are you?

Community Coaches are members of the alumni community, UFV staff or faculty members, or someone in the wider community who has knowledge,  skills, or experiences they want to share with a UFV Lead Senior Mentor Student.

What to Expect

Volunteer Time Commitment: 1-3 hours per month

Program Duration: 8 months, September—May

Coaches are selected and paired with students each year based on the compatibility of their interests, skillsets, and career or lifestyle goals with those of the student mentor.

Once a coach is paired with a student mentor, they are expected to meet on a monthly basis during the school year to provide students with resources, feedback, and advice as they work towards a specific personal, professional, or academic goal they’ve set for the year.

Contact Us

To learn more about UFV Lead, check out our Facebook page or email us at lead@ufv.ca

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