Mentors are the gears that make Ascend run. They deliver the retreat's programming by facilitating activities and discussions within their session groups. Each session group is composed of a group of Delegates with a pair of mentors. 

We provide our mentors with training, and a manual that is filled with leadership tools, activities, and thought-provoking discussion topics which they can utilize in guiding their Delegates through the retreat's programming.

Mentors are responsible for facilitating meaningful discussions, encouraging bonding within and across their groups, and ensuring the safety of all Delegates.

Mentors are required to: 

  • Attend the retreat in its entirety from May 1st - May 3rd

  • Attend 3 mandatory full-day training sessions on February 24th, March 10th, and March 24th

  • Attend the on-site overnight training session on April 30th

  • Attend team-building socials leading up to the retreat

SafeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) certification will be an asset.

Applications for the mentor position are due on November 22nd at 11:59 PM. All applications will be reviewed, and successful applicants will receive an invitation to attend our interviews which will be taking place in January of 2018.

The investment to attend the retreat as a mentor is $180*, which is due after successful applications and interviews (no payment required at the time of application).


PLEASE NOTE: All residents of Ontario and students at Ontario post-secondary institutions, who are 18-27 years of age by the time of the retreat, can apply to become a Mentor.

All applicants are advised to check their winter term exam schedules before applying, to avoid any potential conflicts with the overnight training session on April 30th, 2018.

*The Ascend Network is a not-for-profit student organization. The Delegate package covers three days and two nights of accommodations, transportation from York University to and from the retreat's location, food for the duration of the retreat, the canoeing fee, an Ascend 2019 Delegate t-shirt, the Ascend 2019 manual, and more. If you would like to attend the retreat, but are financially unable to do so, please reach out to us via email at theascendnetwork@gmail.com.