Modeled on the innovative, and very successful, Take Our Kids to Work Day, the annual Adopt-a-Student Day allows high school students of Portuguese-speaking descent and students of Spanish-speaking descent the opportunity to shadow a university student for the day. As Take Our Kids to Work Day allows grade nine students to connect what they are learning in school with what happens in the workplace, Adopt-a-Student Day allows more mature students a chance to experience the lifestyle they will be leading after graduation if they choose to pursue a form of post-secondary education. Adopt-a-Student Day gives students a chance to:
- Tour a university campus
- Sit-in on lectures and laboratories
- Learn about different aspects of university life beyond academics (e.g. social events, clubs)
- Use and experience different university facilities (e.g. health and fitness, library, cultural)
- Get information about course and tuition options and scholarship and bursary opportunities
Most importantly, high school students learn from an experienced University student and get mentoring on how to balance social and work lives, thereby establishing a support network at the school even before officially attending it.
This initiative is a collaborative effort between On Your Mark and the Portuguese Student Association & Latin American Student Association at different Universities in Toronto. It is in line with these organizations’ efforts to make higher education more prevalent in the Portuguese-speaking communities and Spanish-speaking communities. Adopt-a-Student Day is a perfect vehicle towards realizing our common goal of making higher education more accessible to, and prevalent in, the Portuguese-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities.
This year was our 10th year anniversary holding the event! We hosted 52 students from schools across the city and they were welcomed in University of Toronto and Ryerson University. As the event continues to grow, we hope to able to host more and more students in years to come!
The pictures below are of a panel of students that spoke to the high school students about all aspects of their own experience of university life. The students were then treated to a visit to a university lecture and a campus tour by their university mentors.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this day such a success!