What is ReMBC
Rural eMentoring is a provincial online mentoring program. We connect rural high school students to post-secondary mentors studying Health Sciences across the province. eMentees and eMentors come together on our MentorCity platform to discuss videos, readings, exercises, and games that get students learning and thinking about their future and post-secondary opportunities. Over the course of one academic semester, eMentors and eMentees engage with a semi-structured online curriculum called “Personal Quest”. The Quest guides their conversation through reflecting on their high school experiences, considering career goals, and preparing for their next steps in education. Conversations are driven by student curiosity, eMentors fill the gaps as eMentees imagine and reflect on their potential. eMentors share how they chose health sciences, how they prepared for post-secondary, and the day-to-day of pursuing their goals. All communication between eMentors and eMentees takes place on our platform.
eMentees are youth in grades 8–12 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. Their interests in Health Sciences and post-secondary vary. 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. They join the program from all parts of the province. Although all our eMentors are on health sciences journeys, their first priority is supporting rural students where they’re at. They’re trained to hold space for students and support them in exploring wherever their career curiosity takes them. Our mentor matching and training are specific to the stream. eMentors learn that rural, remote, and Indigenous communities are each unique, how to be sensitive to eMentee needs, and thoughtful when engaging. They commit a few hours every week to discussing topics like study habits, allyship, goal setting, and postsecondary planning with eMentees.
What to expect from eMentoring
Rural eMentoring relationships are built on self-efficacy with low commitment and high fulfillment. What makes it fulfilling is what eMentors and eMentee choose to do. They can get through the activities in each unit only bonding over words or they can bring all of themselves into that space sharing related stories and lessons.
eMentoring cohorts last between a school semester to school year. Students participate as a part of their Career and Education credits, as a school offered extracurricular, and as keen individuals who connect outside of school time. The Rural eMentoring BC team is the point of contact between eMentors, teachers, and the broader school communities. We know the curriculum and can discuss activities with them. We navigate the platform and can guide them to make best use of it. We coordinate all aspects of the program and accommodate and provide the best experience for eMentees, eMentors, their educators, families, and communities. Our aim is to support high school graduation, promote rural, remote, and Indigenous health science potential, and inspire a future generation of rural health practitioners.
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.
1) Complete and submit a Criminal Record Check (CRC). For those requiring a CRC to be completed, they can be completed through ReMBC online and free of charge. Follow this link: https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/home.htm
Access code: A4M257CD8U
2) Provide your contact information and the contact information for 2 references (professional, academic, or volunteer work) to email@example.com. 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
3) Create your account with MentorCity: www.mentorcity.com/rembc.
Please be sure to fill the information requested to the best of your ability as information is used to match you to an eMentee
4) Participate in a brief phone interview
5) Matching takes place at the beginning of either high school semester. Training will be sent two weeks prior to matching.
If you have any questions about how to apply, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call at 604 827 4197 or 604 827 4753
For more information about the program, please see the eMentor welcome package here.
Phone: 604-827-4197 or 604-827-4753