Empowering students is a cornerstone of our strategic plan. Mentorship helps light our way. At UTS, everybody wants to help. Knowledge and skills are shared between students, from peer tutoring on the Math Team to senior musicians volunteering to tutor younger students. We learn so much from each other.
Peer-to-Peer workshops are led by trained student facilitators on issues like gender equity or anti-racism. UTS Alumni volunteer as mentors and guests in our M4 (Grade 10) Career Panels and in co-curriculars like the UTS Timeraiser Accelerator for entrepreneurial students, the annual Girls in Technology Conference and more. S5 and S6 (Grade 11 and 12) students have opportunities to expand their leadership skills and pursue their interests by supporting Experience Innovation at UTS summer camps. There are also formal mentorship programs at our school.
This program helps F1 (Grade 7) students feel welcome at UTS, even before their first day, by giving them opportunities to meet other students and become familiar with the school before it starts.
All new students are paired with a buddy, usually an older student, to give them support at UTS and create a sense of belonging.
UTS alumni have fascinating career experience and many of them return to share it with our students. Senior students can meet mentors for group sessions and/or one-on-one advice and support to ease the transition to university and expand their career possibilities.
Every summer the UTS Parents’ Association organizes the Summer Experiential Program, giving students the opportunity to learn firsthand about fascinating careers in sessions led by parent volunteers, who work in fields like medicine, technology, business and more. During the summer of 2023, UTS students were hosted at organizations including the Hospital For Sick Children, RBC Markets, and Sunlife Financial, among many others.