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Peer and Mentorship Programs

Peer programs provide support for undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines. No matter where you are in your academic journey at Queen’s, there’s a peer program for you!

Want to volunteer with Student Affairs? Check out our Peer Recruitment page for more information!


Find a Program

Below you will find a list of opportunities for students to participate in, both as a participant and as a volunteer/mentor.

Mentorship Programs

  • Aboriginal Peer Helpers support first-year Aboriginal students to encourage spiritual, mental, physical and emotional support during their first transition year. Interested students can contact Vanessa McCourt, Aboriginal Advisor, for more information.
  • Bounce Back Mentors support first-year students who are struggling academically in a one-on-one mentoring relationship. Eligible students are contacted in the fall and winter terms via their Queen's email.
  • Peer Mentors provide both academic and personal support to fellow students in a one-on-one coaching and mentoring relationship. We support students in all years and all programs. Interested in being matched with a Mentor? Click here to book an intake appointment. Select Mentee Intake in the “Choose a Schedule” drop-down menu.
  • Q Success Mentors provide transition support to first-year students through one-on-one mentorship during the first six weeks of the fall term.

Academic Support Programs

  • Peer Learning Assistants (PLAs) help students learn how to be more productive and effective learners by facilitating learning strategies workshops and providing drop-in academic coaching. Find out about upcoming workshops here.
  • Peer Writing Assistants (PWAs) volunteer at the Writing Centre to help other students develop their writing skills through workshops and one-on-one consultations. See here to book an appointment. Select Writing Centre 2016-17 in the “Choose a Schedule” drop-down menu.
  • Biology Peer Writing Assistants (Bio PWAs) volunteer to provide science writing guidance to Biology 102 and 103 students completing their writing assignments. See here to book an appointment. Select Biology Peer Writing Assistants in the “Choose a Schedule” drop-down menu.

Health and Wellness Programs

  • Peer Health Educators (PHEs) share their interest in health promotion by developing and implementing health outreach initiatives – presentations, displays and campus-wide events. Find out about upcoming workshops here.
  • COR Volunteers provide hands-on care to intoxicated students at the Campus Observation Room (COR), an on-campus detox center. COR volunteers also do campus-wide outreach.
  • Leave the Pack Behind volunteers and paid student staff help support smoking cessation through campus outreach, social media and collaboration with other schools across Ontario.

Other Programs

  • Career Services Peers (CS Peers) help students communicate important messages in their resumes or cover letters through 1-1 appointments at Career Services (or drop-in clinics).
  • English Language Buddies at the Queen’s University International Centre provide English language support to international students.
Peer Leadership Awards

The nomination deadline for the 2018 awards is February 11, 2018

Do you know an outstanding peer mentor or volunteer? Nominate them for a Peer Leadership Award!

The Peer Leadership Award will be presented annually to Queen’s students who, through their commitment, skill, dedication and interest in helping others, have exemplified excellence in peer-to-peer assistance and outreach. Nominations for the 2018 awards will open in December 2017.

Meet past recipients of the Peer Leadership Award here.