Lakehead University's Aboriginal Mentorship Program matches experienced university students (at the undergrad, graduate and post-graduate levels) with Aboriginal high school students from across the Thunder Bay region to create a positive connection that both inspires and assists the high school student in learning about science.
Founded in 2009 by the University of Ottawa, AMP was created in response to visits by graduate students in the Let’s Talk Science Outreach Program to rural and remote communities in northern Ontario. The volunteers were troubled by the lack of resources available to the students and schools they were visiting. It was from this realization that the Aboriginal Mentorship Program was created. The Programs’ purpose is to increase students’ interest in science and school in general, fulfill their educational needs in the form of fun and interactive science experiments and motivational challenges as well as to provide online educational support. The program culminates in a university experience for the high school students including a science fair; campus tours and visits to working science labs.
Aboriginal Mentorship Program Mission Statement
A major hurdle for many Aboriginal students in obtaining their high school diploma is successful completion of mandatory science course requirements. The goal of AMP is not to make every student a scientist, but to increase the high school students’ interest in science and school by connecting them with young science graduate students from Lakehead University. By creating a one-on-one connection with a real working scientist, the AMP program strives to provide each participant with the encouragement and resources needed to succeed in an academic environment.
Mentor Volunteer Incentives and Benefits
Volunteer mentors are eligible to be recognized for their contributions to the AMP program in two different ways. They may have their contributions recognized on their Co-Curriculum Record in the areas of Activity Participation and Professional Development. They may also receive a letter of recognition signed by the Dean of Science and Environmental Studies and the Vice-Provost of Aboriginal Initiatives.
Lakehead’s Aboriginal Mentorship Program is actively looking to recruit volunteer mentors. If you are a graduate student, PhD student or a third or fourth year undergraduate student with a passion for science and/or education and have a little time to spare for a good cause please contact Lisa Harris, AMP Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 807-343-8528.