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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.
Volunteer and Paid Opportunities

Looking for a volunteer or paid position that provides meaningful & relevant experience, personal skill development, ongoing support from professionals, and excellent training while contributing to Queen’s?

Check out our Peer Recruitment page for more information.

Recruitment takes place in January each year.


Student Affairs Peer Training Day

The Division of Student Affairs runs two full-day foundational training sessions each year to prepare student staff and volunteers for their on-campus roles. Topics include an overview of Student Affairs, student development theory, diversity and inclusion, helping relationships, communication skills, and information on how to make an effective referral.

2017-18 Training Sessions

  • Saturday March 25
  • Saturday September 9

Read more about how Student Affairs is supporting peers through training here.

Professional Development for Peers

Want to enhance your skills as a peer helper? Check out the extensive list of opportunities.

Peer Week 2017

Join us for the 1st annual Peer Week at Queen's from 23-27 January, 2017.

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors who donated prizes including Smoke's Poutinerie, Grocery Checkout, the Screening Room, Novel Idea, Minotaur, the Campus Book Store and more!

Social Media Contest

  • Take a picture at one of our Peer Week events and use #qupeerweek to tell us about your great peer experience and you will be entered into a draw to win some awesome prizes from our generous donors!

Tuesday January 24

  • Summer Opportunities Fair (10:30 - 3:30) in the ARC main gym - Drop by and talk with volunteer program reps from across Student Affairs. Take a picture at our booth and use #QUPeerWeek to tell us about a great experience you’ve had in one of our program as a volunteer or as a participant for a chance to win great prizes!

Thursday January 26

  • Career Services Workshop (2:30 - 3:30) in Gordon Hall, Room 324. Applying to a peer program on campus? Come find out how to make your experience shine on your resume!
  • Stressbusters and Soup (12:00 - 1:00) in the yellow cottage, 140 Stuart Street. Join the health promotion team over lunch for a (free!) bowl of soup and some stressbusting activities.
  • "Mental Health and Mentorship: From the North Pole to Queen's" (5:00 - 6:00pm) in Speakers Corner, Stauffer Library. Students and staff are invited to an inspiring and interactive talk from Queen’s University Chancellor, Jim Leech, MBA'73. An engaging speaker, Chancellor Leech will talk about his journey to the North Pole as part of the True Patriot Love Foundation and how his experiences learning about mental health, resilience and mentorship apply in a Queen’s context. Tickets are free. Space is limited, register here.

Friday January 27

  • Four Directions Fry Bread Friday (12:00 - 1:00) at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, 146 Barrie Street. Swing by to enjoy some delicious homemade frybread and great company!
  • Peer Recruitment Information Session (2:00 - 3:30) in Stauffer Library, Room 121 - Come to a no obligation information session to learn more about the various peer programs and volunteer opportunities on campus. Representatives from each program will be available to share information and to answer questions.
  • GAELS Varsity Basketball Game (6:00pm & 8:00pm) in the ARC main gym. Cheer on our varsity women's and men’s basketball team as they face the Laurentian Voyageurs! Tickets are free for all current students. All current peers who attend will receive a special surprise.

Saturday January 28

  • Yoga for Peers - Free (7:00 - 8:00pm) at the Athletics and Recreation Centre. Come enjoy a relaxing and energizing yoga class! Space is limited. Sign up at the front desk when you arrive, room location will be on sign-up sheet.


Peer Leadership Awards

The 2017 nomination period is now closed.

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.