Mentors are a valuable community resource, who can help to share information and advice about their college experience, as a way to help prospective students build their awareness of college courses, how to apply, and the benefits of a college education.
IADT, Marino Institute of Education, NCAD, TCD and UCD are collaborating on a unique community-based mentoring programme. We aim to recruit 250 undergraduate mentors who will undertake to visit local second level schools and community organisations, inspiring and informing the next generation of students across Dublin city. Student volunteers will be drawn from groups currently unrepresented in college, including 1st-time Mature students, students with a disability, Irish Travellers, lone parents and socio-economically under-represented students.
These mentors will have access to an online toolkit and will participate in a day-long training programme during an annual Mentor Summit. The strategic placement of the mentors for school/ community-based visits will occur around the national College Awareness Week campaign in November 2019. Mentors will carry out a further 1-2 sessions in their chosen school, further education and training centre, or community organisation. They will receive a ongoing support during the programme, and a certificate of participation.
For further information about the community mentoring programme, or to apply to become a community mentor, please contact: Project Coordinator Samantha Litwinczuk on SLITWINC@tcd.ie