Peer Mentor Program
We know that adulting can be hard, and the Peer Mentor Program is here to help.
The Peer Mentor Program supports the academic and social growth of first and second year students. Peer Mentors are academically successful upperclassmen pursuing various majors, and our team is passionate about walking alongside students as they transition to life at Georgia Southern.
Peer Mentors and Mentees meet weekly to discuss a variety of topics, including locating resources on campus, getting a handle on time management, sharing personal experiences and overcoming challenges, establishing positive habits, goal setting, getting plugged in to campus life, and more! Our Peer Mentors help students navigate the academic environment and celebrate successes – big or small.
Are you interested in working with a Peer Mentor? We encourage you to sign-up for a Peer Mentor if you want additional support in the following areas:
- Time Management
- Study Skills
- Finding Resources
- Involvement in Clubs
- Peer Support
- Connecting to Campus
To sign up please visit the links above. You will be matched with a peer mentor who is matched specifically to you by the preferences you list. The matching process usually only takes a few days!
What we expect from students who participate with a Peer Mentor:
While you are working with a Peer Mentor we expect that you will communicate actively with your paired Peer Mentor, including response to their initial introduction by email or text message. We also expect that you will meet with your Peer Mentor weekly, and that you will attend Peer Mentor Program events with your Peer Mentor when possible.
What you can expect as a participating Mentee:
While you are registered for the Peer Mentoring Program as a Mentee you can expect advice and guidance from your Peer mentor, consistent communication from your Peer Mentor, and information on as well as invitations to various events around campus through your Peer Mentor. You can also expect opportunities to meet other Mentees within the program through Peer Mentor Program social mixers.
Are you interested in becoming a Peer Mentor?
We are looking for experienced students who are interested in assisting 1st and 2nd year students in their transition on the path to achieving academic, personal, and career success at Georgia Southern University. Peer Mentors are able to be a direct resource for students, and are able to provide support in classes, clubs, academic skills, and so much more!
Job duties include the following:
- Paid position offering up to 10 hours per week with a flexible schedule
- Training to become a certified mentor through our CRLA certified mentor training program
- Weekly meetings with assigned Mentees
- Planning Program events, and attending those events with Mentees
- Planning and assisting with outreach events
- Participation in all staff meetings along with 1:1s with direct supervisor
- Other Peer Mentor Program projects as assigned
Job requirements include:
- Junior or Senior academic classification (60+ earned credit hours)
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
CRLA Certified Training Program:
Our Peer Mentor training program awards Peer Mentors Level 1 Certification through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). CRLA is an organization of education professionals that offers resources to universities and sets the standards for how we train and develop our Peer Mentors to successfully accomplish our program goals and outcomes.
Benefits of CRLA certification for Peer Mentors:
- Provides recognition and positive reinforcement for Peer Mentors’ successful work
- Is a marketable skill Peer Mentors should include on their resume
- Sets professional standards of skill and training for Peer Mentors
Our training program (as required by CRLA) must consist of 15 hours of mentor training (up to 3 hours may be completed at home/online, all other hours must be completed in-person). Some examples of areas Peer Mentors will be trained in are:
- Establishing rapport and motivating Mentees
- Stress management and wellness
- Question and listening skills
After all 15 hours of training are met and 50 hours of direct mentoring hours are obtained, a Peer Mentor will receive a CRLA certificate.
“I’ve loved every minute of being a Peer Mentor at Georgia Southern. I feel not only have I been able to connect with other mentors on campus, but I also have had a great time helping and bonding with my Mentees as they have navigated through their degrees and adjusting to college life. If you have a passion for helping others, I highly recommend being a Peer Mentor!”
“Being a Peer Mentor has been a highlight of my college career. By mentoring other students, I have personally grown as a leader, peer, and student. Making connections with fellow students and the ASC staff is a rewarding experience that I highly recommend”
Last updated: 10/13/2020