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Mentorship and Resilience Program

Mentoring Black Youth to Build Resilience & Their Professional and Social Networks

Building Healthy Communities: Mentorship and Resilience Program (MRP)

Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) has partnered with NorQuest College, Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area, and CUE’s Black Students Association, to develop Building Healthy Communities, a Black post-secondary Students Mentorship and Resilience Program.

This one year outreach program led by Dr. Cecilia Bukutu (CUE) and Dr. Viola Manokore (NorQuest College) aims to:

  1. Develop and facilitate a unique community-based one-on-one social networking and career mentorship program that pairs Black students in post-secondary institutions (mentees) across Edmonton with volunteer successful Black professional mentors (mentors).
  2. Develop and facilitate interactive workshops aimed at enhancing the student’s (mentees) career potential through building social capital, networking and career development skills.
  3. Provide training to build and enhance students’ resilience to support integration and inclusion into the Canadian workforce.

Black students do not always have a robust social network or connections that can help them gain meaningful employment and the skills needed to succeed in job searching and the workplace. Black students also experience racism, prejudice and segregation that impact their wellbeing and opportunities for employment and advancement.

The program plans to address these issues by providing mentorship, networking, career and resilience-building opportunities to develop key skills, self-esteem, a sense of belonging, and ultimately improve career outcomes among a diverse group of Black students of African and Caribbean descent in post-secondary institutes across Edmonton.

Mentors

Black volunteer mentors from a variety of cultural, generational, and professional backgrounds will be paired up with Black post-secondary student.  Mentors are individuals who are committed to engaging students (mentees) and help them to expand their professional community contacts/network.  

Mentors will be expected to attend the program training/launch event and the program close event. As a mentor you will  meet with your mentee for at least one hour per month for one year to share your expertise and experience in networking, career growth, professional development, and overcoming adversity.

Interested? Sign up as a mentor below:

Mentees

Black students currently enrolled in any post-secondary institute in Edmonton are eligible to apply for this mentorship program. As a mentee, you will be paired with a Black professional currently working in the field you aspire to join once you complete your studies. 

You will meet with your mentor each month. Your mentor will help you build your professional network, plan your career and development, and provide insights on how to overcome adversity. You will be expected to attend the program launch and close event. You will have access to workshops and online networking, career building, and diversity workshops, including:

  • Building Productive Networks and Relationships
  • Employability and Work Cultural Competency Skills
  • Interviewing Skills Training
  • Environmental Change – Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Navigating Racism and Discrimination
  • Volunteerism and Career Development
  • Resilience Training

Interested? Sign up as a mentee below:

Applications close on February 20, 2024. Do not miss this valuable opportunity to grow personally and professionally. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the program team at mentorship@concordia.ab.ca.  

Program supported by:

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.