Who are eMentees?
eMentees are youth in grades 10 – 12 living and studying in rural BC communities. Youth join the program because they’re already interested in Health Sciences, as a part of a class, or participating in other youth programming. We pair eMentees and eMentors based on their personal and career goals as well as entry an interview and survey.
Who are eMentors?
eMentors are postsecondary Health Sciences students, from diverse cultural backgrounds, who join the program from all parts of the province. Their main role as eMentors is to provide an opportunity for mentees to dialogue; they provide another support system for youth as they learn the tools to navigate the world. eMentors spend a semester introducing youth to Health Science careers by holding space for youth on our online platform. eMentors commit a few hours every week to discussing topics like study habits, allyship, goal setting, and postsecondary planning with eMentees.
What is eMentoring?
Rural eMentoring BC connects rural youth to mentors they might not find in their communities. eMentees and eMentors work through the Personal Quest curriculum, semi-structured online curriculum uniquely designed to resonate with youth in rural communities and align with the new BC Career Education curriculum. Personal Quest is designed to increase interest in Health Sciences, especially medicine. eMentors familiarize youth to Health Sciences by sharing their experiences, pulling from their knowledge to satisfy student curiosity. By spending 1-2 hours on online each week, eMentors guide eMentees through learning the tools to navigate their journey to Health Sciences careers, while also modelling for them the practical applications of what they’re learning.
Benefits of eMentoring
- eMentees complete BC Career Education courses with the added value of learning from the real life experiences of post-secondary students
- eMentors gain leadership skills, broadening their own learning by offering support and advice
- eMentees learn techniques to achieve personal, academic, and career goals from trained eMentors
- eMentors gain insight into rural communities and opportunities for rural health learning scenarios through REAP
- eMentees and mentors develop fulfilling relationships founded on self-efficacy
- eMentors gain experience guiding youth through online curriculum
- Our flexible online curriculum allows eMentees and eMentors to incorporate community and youth work into busy student schedules
- Mentors gain leadership skills and understanding of rural communities, histories, and culture
- eMentees and eMentors have the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from a unique mentoring experience unlike any other in Canada
ReMBC is the latest evolution 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.
Steps to becoming an eMentor:
- Visit us at eMentoringBC.com to learn more about our program.
- Email us at e.mentoring@UBC.ca to let us know you’re interested.
- Receive welcome package, link to create a profile on our partner platform MentorCity, and link to complete free Criminal Record Check.
- Create a MentorCity account
- Participate in entry interview and survey
- Provide contact information for 2 references (professional, academic, or community)
- Complete, submit, and pass a Criminal Record Check. (For students currently enrolled in a program that requires a CRC or professionals in a position requiring a CRC, have your supervisor confirm and sign the Expedited Screening Form and submit to ReMBC.)
- Complete eMentor Training within two weeks of joining program
- Meet your peer eMentors via our platform forums
- Get matched with a mentee
- Begin mentoring in the first month of the semester