How it began
As 2019 Daughters of the Vote delegates, the four founders of She Connects - Emily Haugen, Avneet Sandhu, Meghan Dunn, and Leena Parhar - had the opportunity to sit in the House of Commons and Senate in Ottawa and bring to the attention of our leaders the concerns facing our communities. The four then applied for the Rosemary Spears Leadership Grant to launch their idea of She Connects to provide a mentorship opportunity to young women that was not available to them when they were navigating high school.
She Connects is a volunteer initiative that provides virtual/online mentorship to young womxn. As a grassroots movement, our main goal is to connect young womxn in high school with womxn mentors in their 20s, to foster thought-exchange, dialogues, and trusting relationships. She Connects provides a safe space for youth and allows them to speak to a mentor directly about anything they might need guidance or support on. Our mentors support mentees with the appropriate resources and tools for success and resiliency. With this mentorship program, we strive to uplift women and empower them to be the driving force in their own lives.
She Connects programs are inclusive to womxn, girls, and gender non-conforming folks of all identities.
Our mission is to connect young women by facilitating relationship building, mentorship, and knowledge transmission, to create a stronger community of empowered women across Canada.
To build a nationwide community of female leaders who support, empower, and encourage one another to pursue their dreams by creating meaningful connections through mentorship relationships.
The Power of Mentorship
“She Connects has allowed me to network on a national scale with womxn leaders all over Canada, allowing personal growth, setting a new precedent for mentorship, and advocating for gender equality. Never before have I felt so proud to be part of something so great, where my diversity is celebrated, giving me the confidence to help others reach their accomplishments!"
- Misbah Mahal, She Connects Mentor from Sturgeon County, Alberta
“My experience as a mentor with She Connects has been really rewarding! Since my mentee and I were matched based on our similar interests, I've been able to give advice based on my experiences which can help her make informed decisions in her own life. The best part is that it's not a one-sided relationship at all - I've been able to learn a lot from her too, and I’m so excited to see where life takes her.”
- Jillian Breau, She Connects Mentor from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Become a mentor
June - October
From June to October we will hold onboarding sessions
(1 hour), and mentors will complete the self-directed training program on Mentorship Canada (2 hours). We will also complete criminal record checks, and mentors will sign a confidentiality agreement. Mentors also have the option of joining She Connects committees if they want to get more involved.
October - November
Matches between mentees and mentors are based on similar career interests, location/ timezone, and specific focus areas. We will send out a survey prior to matching you with your mentee to get an idea of your interests, background, and subject areas you feel comfortable talking about with your mentee.
Mentor Program Timeline
April - June
Are you passionate about supporting young women as they navigate high school and prepare for post-high-school life? She Connects is looking for women and non-binary mentors! Note, the application will open on April 1st and closes on June 30th.
November - June
You'll meet with your mentee at least once a month for the duration of the program. We also organize a kick-off event with all the mentors and mentees, and throughout the year we host invite-only training sessions, events, and personal development workshops (thus far, these have all been virtual).
Become a mentee
September - October
Interested in joining our program as a mentee? Apply online using the button below. We will match you with a mentor who has similar interests and can support you throughout the program duration. Please note the mentee application opens September 1st, and closes October 31st.
October - November
Matches between mentees and mentors are based on similar career interests, location/ timezone, and specific focus areas. Our volunteer mentors are women in their 20s who are committed to supporting their mentees through whatever they are facing.
November - June
You'll meet with your mentor at least once a month for the duration of the program. We also organize a kick-off event with all the mentors and mentees, and throughout the year we host invite-only training sessions, events, and personal development workshops.