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Actua’s National Mentorship Program connects young scientists and engineers as volunteer mentors to groups of youth at Actua camps. These mentors share their personal stories while leading activities or making presentations on their related areas of study or work.
Actua mentor events often provide youth with their first opportunity to meet “real-life” scientists and engineers. These personal interactions result in a demystification of science fields and the dispelling of common associated stereotypes. Each year our members engage hundreds of mentors who expose tens of thousands of youth across Canada to exciting and dynamic careers.
Actua is committed to the growth of this extremely successful aspect of its programming and proactively recruits new mentors each year.
Interested in becoming an Actua mentor? Visit our mentor site to learn more.
The most interesting part of camp was how our mentor made the decision to become a neuroscientist.
I have always had a passion for inspiring underserved youth through hands-on science and engineering activities and that is what brought me to become a part of Actua’s member camps, girls clubs and outreach initiatives. It was a particular delight to be able to share my own personal scientific interest with the campers through being an Actua and Synapse mentor.
Megan Hickey, CIHR Mentor, Masters Candidate
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Dalhousie University
People suffering from depression feel better after eating a banana, this I found fascinating and I had never known this before.