JSGSAA Mentorship Program

The JSGS Alumni Association (JSGSAA) Mentorship Program pairs current students in Masters and PhD programs (mentees) with JSGS alumni (mentors) who are currently working or have worked in the public sector. 

Mentor Benefits

The program also provides JSGS alumni (mentors) with an opportunity to: 

  • Enhance their leadership skills and build experience in mentee development;
  • Give back to the JSGS community by contributing to the development of future policy leads;
  • Self-reflect and gain personal satisfaction;
  • Be recognized for your volunteer work by your peers and the JSGS community ;
  • Build networks and relationships with other alumni mentors across Canada; and
  • Gain valuable insight, perspective, and knowledge on what students are engaging in within the classroom.

“Helping develop that new group and seeing them move from students to mentees to senior-level professionals is a very rewarding experience because you’ve played a small role in that.”

Jeff Bassendowski (MPA’10)

Volunteer as a mentor

The mentorship program runs from October – April annually. Mentors should have 1-2 hours a month available to meet with their mentees. Volunteers can be located anywhere as the program is offered online, with in-person meetings at the mentor/mentee’s discretion if desired.

Program resources are provided and include a program launch session, webinars and workshops, and discussion topics for mentorship meetings.

Interested in volunteering? Submit the below form and a representative will be in touch.