transition into post secondary program

Transitioning into Post-Secondary

The Transitioning into Post-Secondary Program (TIPS) is based on a partnership between the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth’s Mentorship Program and the Werklund School of Education’s Service-Learning Program at the University of Calgary. Pre-service teachers and international students serve as mentors for newcomer youth by providing support, resources and information to newcomer youth as they transition into post-secondary education or training. The purpose of this program is to provide newcomer youth with the information and support necessary to make a successful transition into post-secondary studies while providing student mentors with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with working with diverse youth.

This program takes place over 10 weeks per semester, occurring twice a school year. Pre-service teachers, international students and newcomer youth are matched in groups of three or four and meet once a week for one and a half hours. Apart from the weekly meetings, matched groups go on campus tours, may meet with school advisors, and come together for a large group activity once a semester.

With the help of our program you will learn about:

  • Career planning and interests
  • Application process
  • Financing your education
  • Student support services
  • Academic support
  • Clubs and extra-curricular activities
  • Alternative learning options
  • Online resources and school websites
  • Life in post-secondary