The Indigenous community faces unique challenges in the pursuit of post-secondary education. As a result, less than half of Indigenous adults have a degree from a post-secondary institution, and very few pursue STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This transition period between high school and university is a crucial time during which Indigenous youth make key decisions about their future, from choosing a university to moving away from home. IMPulse is a program that offers Indigenous high school students the opportunity to develop meaningful, long-term relationships with university mentors. This program is an exciting partnership between UBC .caISES, UBC Let’s Talk Science, UBC Faculty of Science and Land and Food Systems, and STEM Fellowship.
A program where university student mentors and Indigenous high school mentees can develop a relationship to make the transition from high school to university smooth and exciting!
To provide a source of specific guidance and advice for programs offered at UBC, Indigenous initiatives on campus, finding opportunities to be involved in, as well as a mentor to talk through the problems they have at school or elsewhere.
To inspire and motivate Indigenous youth to continue with their education by providing an adaptive framework of mentorship and university experience that is malleable to the needs and wants of the Indigenous student participants.
IMPulse will consist of one-on-one mentorship between mentor and mentee, and group mentorship sessions. Mentorship sessions will be comprised of various activities and discussions that allow mentors and mentees to discuss their interests and build relationships. Mentors will continue to be accessible to their mentees outside of these catered sessions to continue the relationship building and to provide support and advice. All aspects of this program are offered free-of-charge.