UFV Lead is a comprehensive peer mentorship and leadership development program designed to support students throughout their academic careers at UFV.
If you are starting your studies at UFV in September 2018:
Apply to UFV Lead and get personalized support and guidance from an upper-year mentor from May 2018 to the end of your second semester. Your mentor will regularly check in with you and answer your questions about university life. They'll also help you get connected to the campus community by inviting you to exclusive UFV Lead events and activities, such as a two-night retreat, leadership development workshops, and social events. Space is limited so don't wait until August to apply for a mentor!
If you are a current UFV student who likes to help others:
As a UFV Lead Mentor, you'll develop your own leadership potential while helping new-to-UFV students integrate into the campus community. We are no longer accepting applicants for the 2018-2019 team of UFV Lead Mentors.
UFV Lead strives to create community and foster meaningful connections amongst incoming and returning students to UFV, while also promoting leadership development and wellness.
Starting university, or starting at a new university, can be both exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time. UFV Lead Level 1 exists so that we can have a flexible and supportive program that helps students thrive and grow from the beginning of their university career. Engaging with mentorship and leadership development programs helps facilitate personal growth and academic achievement.
What exactly does it mean to be in Lead: Level 1?
As a participant in Level 1, you will be paired with a mentor who will be there to answer your questions, help you get involved, provide you with updates and information about UFV, and be a friendly face on campus.
You will attend Lead Day, an orientation day for all new-to-UFV Lead students. This is where you get to meet your mentor and the other 150 new-to-UFV students in the program.
Attend events, workshops, and conferences as a UFV Lead student. This could be as simple as a movie night in the Collegium or being a part of the delegation to UBC's Student Leadership Conference.
Your personal growth and leadership development will be a priority, you will meet with your mentor to discuss how you can achieve your goals and programming will be directed at helping you become the best version of yourself.
Level 2 consists of student leaders who have demonstrated exemplary leadership capacity and who have joined UFV Lead to make a positive impact on the new-to-UFV students. This level not only exists to provide mentorship for new students but to encourage connection amongst student leaders and to promote personal and professional growth amongst these student leaders.
What exactly does it mean to be in Lead: Level 2?
A major part of your role is being a mentor to new-to-UFV students. This will involve emailing them regularly, guiding them around on Lead day, meeting with them throughout the year, and being an empathetic and supportive person in their lives.
You get mentored too! Your mentor will help you achieve your personal, professional, and academic goals.
All mentors and senior mentors will work together to plan events throughout the year.
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.
You will get to attend a leadership retreat at the end of September and participate in many other leadership development activities such as workshops and involvement opportunities.
This level is for the superstar leaders who have been involved for a few years and want to continue to work on their leadership development and make a positive impact on our community.
What exactly does it mean to be in Lead: Level 3?
You will be a mentor to a team of students in Level 2. 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! Everyone gets a mentor! 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.
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 sessions at Lead day and the Retreat, organize events throughout the year, and support Student Life staff with other projects.