What is Cascading Mentorship?

All students have much to gain from engaging in volunteer service. A quality mentorship experience can provide opportunities for students to learn and practice new skills, develop career interests, and internalize important community values. Research has demonstrated that when youth participate in quality volunteer opportunities they are more likely to feel empowered and connected to their community.

As mentees in the Altitude program, you are required to give back to your community as a mentor. We call this Cascading Mentorship because knowledge and experience flow from the medical student mentors to you then down to the youth in your community.

Cascading Mentorship consists of two mentorship experiences in your community:

1) During the first semester, you are required to contact the educator or community leader who referred you to Altitude and ask to be connected with a young person who is in need of mentorship. You will meet with this student in person at least once to share your insight and experience; you are encourages to foster a long term relationship with this student.

2) During the second semester, you are required to contact the educator or community leader who referred you to Altitude and ask to deliver a presentation to a class of graduating high school students. Through this presentation you will share your experiences at university and provide helpful advice to students. Your mentor and Site Coordinators can help you prepare for this presentation.

You can complete these two Cascading Mentorship requirements at any point during the respective semesters.

In previous years, mentees have found that the Cascading Mentorship portion of the program has been one of the most valuable aspects of Altitude. It provides an opportunity to make connections in the community and will help you to develop the skills you truly need be successful. Start thinking about your Cascading Mentorship project early to ensure you get the most out of the experience. Always feel free to ask your mentor or site coordinator for more details.