Alumni Student Support and Engagement Team (ASSET)

ASSET Alumni Student Mixer. Photo © 2019 by Janelle Dudzic. All rights reserved.

The experience of today’s university students is intense. Extreme academic competitiveness, soaring tuition and living costs, high expectations and a cutthroat job market after graduation leave many students feeling hopeless, exhausted and depressed. And, according to North American statistics, almost nine per cent of post-secondary students have considered suicide.

Although there are several mental health support services available to students on the University of Alberta campus, sometimes there’s a gap between students realizing they need help and accessing those supports.

That’s where you — UAlberta grads — are in a unique position to help.

You have a diverse offering of skills, talents and experiences. And, perhaps most importantly, you, too, know the challenges and stresses of being a student.

The Alumni Student Support and Engagement Team (ASSET) program will provide a rewarding and meaningful volunteer experience. It will allow you to volunteer directly with students and other services on campus in an effort to positively impact the mental well-being of UAlberta students.

Through multiple volunteer opportunities you will:

Benefits for Alumni Volunteers:

  • Receive training in Mental Health First Aid and Helping Skills that will not only prepare you for this role but can also be used in your everyday life

  • Be a part of our first cohort of ASSET volunteers. Get to know fellow alumni and be able to support each other, create new friendships and expand your network

  • Access meaningful and rewarding volunteer experiences with students

  • Contribute to the growth and direction of the ASSET program

  • Receive a certificate of completion following each training session. Letters of reference can be provided after the completion of one year with the ASSET program

  • Leadership roles will be available to those who continue with the ASSET program beyond one year

  • Access to our volunteer perks, which includes our new Bookstore Bucks reward program, giveaways, free tickets to select alumni events, volunteer socials and more

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be a University of Alberta graduate

  • Must have strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build rapport, engage in non-judgemental active listening and demonstrate empathy

  • Ability to work both independently and cohesively with other members of ASSET

  • Have excellent organization, communication (verbal and written) and time-management skills

  • Strong understanding and respect for privacy and confidentiality

Key Responsibilities:

  • Commit to at least one year with the ASSET program (from November 2018 to December 2019)

  • Complete the necessary training requirements as listed below

  • Complete a Police Information Check and Vulnerable Sector Check at orientation

  • Volunteer at least four (4) hours per month (between January and April, and September and December) at various volunteer opportunities at which you will interact directly with students. NOTE: Most volunteer opportunities will be during daytime hours and on the UAlberta North Campus.

  • Attend a semesterly meeting with other ASSET members to network, share resources and help plan future events

  • Abide by the ASSET Volunteers Code of Conduct at all times


In order to be successful in the ASSET program, volunteers will be required to complete the following mandatory trainings:

ASSET Orientation

Saturday, Nov. 17

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Lister Centre

Mental Health First Aid (Two-day course)

Friday, Nov. 30 &
Saturday, Dec. 1

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Lister Centre 

Helping Skills

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Lister Centre 

*NOTE: ASSET members will be notified directly of upcoming program volunteer opportunities following successful completion of training.