Transitioning Into Post-Secondary (TIPS)

Transitioning Into Post-Secondary (TIPS)

The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY) is a charitable not for profit organization that serves over 12,000 individuals annually. CBFY provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for immigrant and refugee youth and their families by enriching them with the appropriate information, knowledge and experience as they build a life in Canada.

The Transitioning Into Post-Secondary (TIPS) program matches pre-service teachers and students with international experience with immigrant and refugee youth. Participants serve as mentors to newcomer youth, providing support, resources, and information. The goal of this program is to help newcomers achieve their personal, social, and academic goals, as well as better understand the Canadian post-secondary system and communities. It also offers pre-service teachers and students with international experience the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with youth, and discover some of the challenges faced by newcomer youth when transitioning into post-secondary study.


All Bachelor of Education students


Work alongside another student to mentor newcomer youth in Grade 11 to 12 about the transition from high school to post-secondary


Session times will vary from group to group, but often run Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5:00-7:00pm weekly


Please note that due to COVID-19, the TIPS program has postponed all of their in-person classes and field trip activities. They are offering an online or a blended form of the TIPS program instead.

CBFY-TIPS Logistics

What's Involved

  • Pre-Service teachers should commit to attending ~10 two-hour mentoring sessions, which will serve as a knowledge exchange between a newcomer youth, a pre-service teacher, and at least one international student.
  • Sessions will focus on building youth awareness of the postsecondary system (e.g., the application process, student support services, clubs, tech, etc) and learning from the different perspectives within the triad.


  • Pre-service teachers need a current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (issued after July 1, 2021). Students who do not already have a police check should begin this process at their local police station as soon as possible, as police checks often take 4-6 weeks to process.
  • Students placed with CBFY-TIPS also require a Child Intervention Check issued by Alberta Human Services. More information about the CIC will be provided at the orientation session.
  • Participants are also required to have current certification in First Aid - CPR Level C while they are participating in the program. Proof of CPR certification is required before students can begin mentoring youth. Information about first aid classes can be found here.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a variety of facilitation strategies to encourage discussion, generate ideas, and build consensus

  • Apply a variety of leadership strategies to develop meaningful relationships with the program and its participants

  • Apply a variety of mentorship strategies to support mentees’ personal, social, and academic goals

  • Develop cross-cultural competencies related to language, culture, and place.

  • Gain experience working with youth in a small group setting

Werklund Dates and Times


Services Fair:  Thursday, September 8, 2022,  10 AM - 2 PM (in-person)

Applications Open: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Applications Close: Sunday, September 18, 2022

Werklund Orientation: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

  • AM: 11 AM - 12 NN (in-person)
  • PM:   2 PM -  3 PM (via Zoom)

Werklund Check-In Session #1: Monday, October 24, 2022

  • AM: 10 AM - 11 AM (in-person)
  • PM:   4 PM -  5 PM (via Zoom)

Werklund Check-In Session #2/Wrap-Up: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

  • PM:  5 PM - 6 PM (via Zoom)




Applications Open: Monday, November 28, 2022

Applications Close: Sunday, December 11, 2022

Werklund Orientation: Wednesday, December 14, 2022

  • AM: 10 AM - 11 AM  (in-person)
  • PM:   2 PM -   3 PM  (via Zoom)

Werklund Check-In Session #1: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

  • AM:  10 AM - 11 AM (in-person)

Werklund Check-In Session #2: Thursday, February 2, 2023

  • PM:  2 PM - 3 PM (via Zoom)

Werklund Check-In Session #3/Wrap-Up: Wednesday, March 15, 2023

  • PM:  5 PM - 6 PM (via zoom)

TIPS Dates

  • Placements begin: January 2022
  • Placements end: March 2022 
  • Training Session: Early January specific dates TBD
  • Mentor-Mentee Introduction Session: January specific time TBD
  • Mentoring Sessions: January-February
  • Session times will vary from group to group, but often run Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5:00-7:00pm weekly

In total, pre-service teachers agree to commit to a minimum of 25-30 hours for their service-learning experience

Making Connections

  • Throughout the semester, pre-service teachers will curate their service experiences using a creative medium (e.g., photos, art, storyboarding, videos, etc.) that best reflects their experiences in the program. Your creative reflections will form part of a public showcase of Werklund’s service-learning program later in the year.
  • Pre-service teachers will participate in 2 group meetings: one at the mid-point and another at the end of their placement (1 hour each). These group meetings provide pre-service teachers with opportunities to reflect on the service-learning experience, and to guide improvements for the program.

Applications for Fall 2022 will open in September 2022.

Sharing my experience as an immigrant navigating the post-secondary system was a really important way for me to give back.

TIPS Participant

It was great experience working with my community partner. She helped me connect with my mentees, learn about community organizations, and understand ways to support immigrant youth.

TIPS Participant