What is eMentoring?
Rural eMentoring BC (ReMBC) is an online program that connects rural youth (grades 10-12) with mentors attending post-secondary institutions across British Columbia. Mentees work with mentors through the Personal Quest, an interactive and semi-structured online curriculum uniquely designed to resonate with youth in rural communities and align with the new BC Career Education curriculum. This program is designed to increase interest in Health Sciences, especially medicine, as a post-secondary option. Participants are expected to spend at least 1-2 hours online each week to complete the program. The program is self-paced and adaptable for classrooms and less formal settings, such as an after-school program.
Mentors in the Program
The main role of the mentor is to provide an opportunity for mentees to dialogue; they provide another support system for youth as they transition to adulthood. Mentors support and encourage mentees to set goals, explore interests and plan for post-secondary education. Our mentors come from diverse cultural backgrounds and join the program from all parts of the province and beyond! They study in a range of programs such as rural medicine, kinesiology, psychology, public health and nursing. Mentors are students or recent graduates of a post-secondary program in BC, are 18 years or older, and must pass a Criminal Record Check to participate.
Benefits of eMentoring
- Mentees complete learning standards from the new BC Career Education 10-12 courses
- Mentees learn techniques to achieve personal, academic and career goals from trained mentors in university or college
- Mentees develop fulfilling connections with mentors to build confidence, self-esteem and more positive attitudes towards school
- Mentors gain leadership skills, and have the opportunity to broaden their own learning through offering supports and sound advice
- Mentors have the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from a unique mentoring experience unlike any other in Canada
Rural eMentoring BC is a component of Aboriginal eMentoring BC. eMentoring BC was originally funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2010-14) and is now funded by the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP). It is coordinated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
Click here to find out about the steps to be a Mentor in ReMBC.