Peer Academic Leaders' Program

Welcome to Founders College Peer Academic Leaders' Program (P.A.L.)

Click here to watch our Peer Academic Leaders video!

Our PALs will be available to meet with students online during the COVID-19 shutdown. To schedule an appointment with your PAL, please do through our Moodle Page.
If you do not have a PAL, go here to be partnered with one.

Founders College Peer Academic Leaders' Program seeks to connect high-achieving, upper-year students with other Founders College students, primarily, though not exclusively, incoming first-year students in both the Fall and Winter semesters. Mentors are paired with Founders affiliated students in order to facilitate accurate and program specific advice and assistance throughout the year. Many students require support when beginning their academic career, and the peer mentor network helps provide that through reliable and knowledgeable upper year mentors.

Mentors and Mentees. Plato, Aristotle and Socrates are among the most well-known Philosophers of Ancient Greece but did you know that they are all connected through mentorship? Socrates was the mentor to Plato who eventually became the mentor of Aristotle who would then go on to become the mentor to Alexander the Great.

The Peer Academic Leaders' Program ultimately aims to enhance the student learning experience, foster engagement in Founders intellectual and social community, and support a successful transition into university for entry-level students.

P.A.L's provide students with necessary information, personal support and connections, and opportunities to attend social events. The wisdom offered by successful upper-year students is invaluable towards helping other students, but especially new students, create effective and positive academic skill sets that are necessary to achieve their personal goals and succeed in their individual degrees.

Students interested in becoming a Peer Academic Leader are asked to apply by completing our application form.


Founders Peer Academic Leaders' Program is comprised of four integrated components:

Drop-In Office Hours

Central P.A.R.C. (102 Founders) is not only the home of the College's Peer Academic Leaders' Program, it is also the place where P.A.L's hold their office hours.  From Monday to Friday, beginning in September to running until April, P.A.L's will be available to assist students during their office hours.  No appointments are required; simply drop by to see a P.A.L's for help.
If your question is confidential in nature, you can email us at fcmentor@yorku.caRest assured that only Founders College office staff and our P.A.L. Coordinator will see your question.

Mentor to Mentee Partnership

Students seeking more in depth support can request to be partnered with a P.A.L. for ongoing support throughout the Academic Term.  P.A.L.'s can meet with students on campus to provide assistance catered to a students needs.

Students wishing to be partnered with a P.A.L are asked to complete our Peer Academic Leaders' Program Enrollment Form.

Academic Workshops & Study Groups

Throughout the year, the Office of the College Head and our P.A.L's will organize a number of academic workshops, information sessions and study sessions to help students at every phase of their post-secondary studies.

All events will be announced via email, the Founders College Facebook Page and posters.