Autism Mentorship Initiative

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1) Are you a SFU student with Asperger’s or Autism?

If so, we have a new, free service called the Autism Mentorship Initiative (AMI) designed especially for you!

What is the Autism Mentorship Initiative?

  • The AMI starts every September (fall term) and runs until the following May (end of spring term). The goals of the service are to enhance your social experience and connection to the University community and to help support your academic success.
  • You will be matched up with an SFU student who has received specialized training as a mentor. Individual circumstances may vary, but on average, you will meet one-on-one with your mentor about once per week, for 1-2 hours at a time.
  • You and your mentor will identify areas of interest or concern to explore over the course of each semester. Focus areas may include topics such as: improving your academic skills (e.g., effectively structuring your study time); communication and interpersonal skills (e.g., how to talk with a professor or another student); or finding out about campus activities and resources.
  • To help us develop the best program possible you will be asked to complete some questionnaires throughout your involvement with the AMI. Participation in this is not mandatory.

For more information or to apply to the AMI, please click here.

2) Are you a senior undergraduate or graduate SFU student looking for volunteer experience?

  • We are seeking enthusiastic, committed volunteer peer mentors!
  • The overall goal of the Autism Mentorship Initiative, or AMI, is to improve the student mentees’ sense of inclusion in the academic and campus community and to promote engagement and success at University.
  • Volunteer mentors will meet with the mentee weekly to work on specific issues that are important to the mentee.
  • The commitment is approximately 5 hours/week from September 2016 – May 2017.
  • The volunteer mentor will be expected to meet one-on-one with mentees for 1-2 hours a week, complete up to 1.5 hours a week of preparation and note writing, and attend a monthly supervision session with knowledgeable experts in the field. Mentors will be required to complete training sessions occurring in August 2016 (dates TBA).
  • Assignment to a mentee will occur in September; however a match is not guaranteed.
  • A $500 honorarium will be provided to each volunteer who works with a mentee throughout the two terms.
  • Background knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorders, work or training as an Applied Behavioural Analyst, prior tutoring or education experience are considered assets, but, are not necessarily required.

For more information or to apply to be a volunteer mentor, please click here.