Transitioning Into Post-Secondary (TIPS)


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 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.

Below are the topics covered by mentors in the weekly meetings:

  • 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

To learn more about the program or apply, please contact Anne Azucena at

“Maria was a very kind mentor. She helped me get through a phase in my life where I was unsure about what I wanted to do for post-secondary and eventually what wanted as my future career. She helped me focus on my strengths and aspirations to discover where my passions lie. Due to a similar ethnic background, she was very understanding and supported me every step of the way. As I was able to build more self-confidence, Maria encouraged me to find something that I would enjoy in the long run. I was then able to decide on a path that would truly fit my aspirations, the education program at Mount Royal University. Maria made sure I was covered on all aspects in terms of enrollment procedures, government loans and student support. She saw more potential in me than I had in myself and I am grateful for the help she has provided me through TIPS.”


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