GAIN: Self-Awareness

This is the part of the program where you learn more about yourself and your role in the community! We believe every MUN student has unique strengths they can contribute to their communities.


What is involved in this component of the VIP?

For GIVE (Volunteer Service) and GROW (Professional Development), students can complete the program requirements however they choose. The GAIN (Self-Awareness) component of the VIP is administered by us, the SVB!

There are different requirements at each level, but the main feature of this program component is the ThinkTanks.


What is an SVB ThinkTank?

Formerly known as Reflection Sessions, an SVB ThinkTank is a chance for you to get together with other program participants and take part in lively discussion! Research shows this is an important part of the experiential learning cycle.

SVB ThinkTanks are hosted by VIP Platinum Participants, who have been through the other levels and are ready to take a leadership role within the VIP.

Each participant only needs to attend one ThinkTank for each level they complete. Platinum Participants need to host two ThinkTanks as part of their program requirements.


What are the other requirements of this component?

At the Gold Level, students need to solicit a reference letter from someone who can speak about their volunteerism; the letter should comment on the participant’s leadership skills and community involvement.

Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
Articulate how
your volunteerism affects community.
Identify how your
strengths are
used to make an
impact in the
Develop confidence in
your ability to both
make an impact in
your community and
to help others do so.
Support others to
understand and
identify the ways they
can impact their