Aboriginal eMentoring BC program receives national recognition for social innovation

Sandra Jarvis-Selinger

Aboriginal eMentoring BC (eMentoring) received the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Award as the top entry for post-secondary education in the Changemakers Initiative: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning competition.

The project aims to develop and implement an online mentorship program for Aboriginal youth to support their successful transition into post-secondary health sciences programs.

Led by Sandra Jarvis-Selinger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and Associate Director of the eHealth Strategy Office, eMentoring connects Aboriginal youth in grades 7 through 12 with post-secondary health science students in institutions across B.C. These mentor-mentee relationships, involving semi-structured online discussions and activities, last at least a year.

The Changemakers Initiative: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning competition held by Ashoka Changemakers featured ideas or projects to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners succeed in the classroom and beyond.