Student-run non-profit Incline Education pledges mentorship for high schoolers during COVID-19

The initiative hopes to provide secondary students guidance during these tough times.

Credit: Courtesy of Incline Education

Incline Education mentors speak at a panel event

The initiative hopes to provide secondary students guidance during these tough times

The choice of what to do after graduating from high school is hardly ever an easy one. Throw in a global pandemic and heaps of uncertainty, and the class of 2020 (and beyond) are in a bit of a pickle.

Enter Vancouver-based Incline Education, a student-run nonprofit startup aiming to help high-school students prepare for their postsecondary transition.

Students interested in the program will be matched for one-on-one digital coffee chats with their mentor, a university student, free of charge.

“We thought that it would be a great way to help our community in these uncertain times,” says Christopher Ng, a UBC pharmacology student and founder and president of Incline Education. “We hope to continue expanding our program throughout the rest of Canada to help even more students in the future.”

The mentorship program has just launched, but Ng and his team of about 10 mentors are looking at developing partnerships with high schools across the country. They’ve also held a few panel discussions and seen engagement with more than 300 students, teachers and parents. 

“When I was in high school, I was extremely nervous about transitioning into postsecondary education,” says Ng about why he founded Incline. “Unfortunately, there were very few educational resources that I could turn to for help. I decided to form Incline Education to help current high-school students in this position so they will be more prepared for success after graduation.”

Students and mentors can register here.