A2B – Bridge to Opportunities (BTO) Peer Mentorship Program

BTO Peer Mentorship Program Staff

The A2B Program is collaborating with the BTO Peer Mentorship Program to provide peer-to-peer support to Cañada students throughout their college experience, beginning with their first year in college up until their successful transfer to a 4-year university.  The goal of the BTO Peer Mentorship Program is to foster academic excellence through peer mentorship.

Our Peer Mentors are current students who come from diverse backgrounds and have experienced many of the challenges students experience.  You can learn more about BTO’s Peer Mentors at http://canadacollege.edu/mentor/meetthestaff.php.  

The BTO Peer Mentorship Program offers 3 tiers of mentorship:

Start Strong

Peer mentorship is provided to students transitioning into their first year at Cañada to build their academic toolkit for success.

Stay Strong

As students continue with their college education, peer mentorship is provided to encourage students to persist and motivate them to continue to excel academically in order to reach their transfer and graduation goals.

Finish Strong

Peer mentorship is provided to support students who are transfer-ready and assist them with the transfer process while maintaining academic excellence.

Some of the benefits of becoming a Mentee are:

  • Gaining practical advice, encouragement, and support.
  • Increasing social and academic confidence.
  • Developing communication, study, and personal skills.
  • Building a community with other students.
  • Identifying goals and establishing a sense of direction.
  • Developing strategies for dealing with both personal and academic issues.

If you’re interested in becoming a Mentee in the BTO Peer Mentorship Program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Cañada College student.
  • Be in at least 1 class at Cañada College per semester.
  • Must be enrolled in at least 6 academic units within the San Mateo Community College District.
  • Must have a goal of transferring to a 4-year university.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentee OR working as a Peer Mentor, please go to http://canadacollege.edu/mentor/apply.php for more information.

If you have any questions regarding the BTO Peer Mentorship Program, please contact:

Diva Ward (Director of Student Support)

Academic Support and Learning Technologies - Learning Center