TRIO SSS Peer Mentor Program
The Peer Mentoring Program is a year long program that assists in the TRIO Student Support Services Program's goals of supporting first generation and low-income students who are pursuing degrees at Grand Valley State University and assisting all students who participate in the program with graduating.
Freshman and transfer mentees are paired with peers, usually junior and senior students, who can introduce them to Laker Life, help identify interests, possible support services and resources, and with navigating the university. Peer mentors are themselves mentored by professional program staff who help them explore resources, establishing successful relationships, and provide a sounding board for issues and concerns.
Peer Mentors and their mentees commit to meeting twice per month in the the first two months of each semester and once a month for the last two months. Email check-ins are done weekly prior to midterms. Additionally, Peer mentors oversee Study Tables and Midterms and Finals Break Rooms each semester, during which they may meet with mentees. Often snacks and academic support is available during these times.
How A Peer Mentor Can Help YOU
- Assistance with locating campus resources
- Advising help (assistance with scheduling classes)
- Academic planning
- Goal setting
- Navigating Blackboard
- Study Tables
- Midterms and Finals Breakrooms
- Faculty Interaction and Support
- Social and educational planning
- Acclimation with classes and the community
- A neutral sounding board
- A relationship with an upper-class student who has experienced what you are, or might in the future experience and can provide perspective
Interested in having a peer mentor?
If you are not a first-year or transfer student and would like a mentor
Interested in Becoming a Peer Mentor?
In order to be a peer mentor you must meet the following required qualifications:
- Be an active participant in the TRIO Student Support Services Program
- Have at least Junior Standing (55 credits)
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Demonstrate knowledge of campus and community resources
- Demonstrate knowledge of research tools available on campus
- Have excellent oral and written communications skills
- Be computer literate
Peer mentors are expected to complete the following responsibilities:
- Mentor first year and transfer undergraduate students throughout the academic year
- Refer students to appropriate university and community resources as the need arises
- Meet with mentees one-on-one once a month
- Provide regular written documentation of interaction with mentees
- Regularly attend scheduled monthly mentor meetings
- Meet with students in your major to address questions they may have
- Attend, assist, and present at various workshops and seminars
- Other duties as assigned by Peer Mentor Program Supervisor
- 1-2 page cover letter addressing the following prompts:
- Why are you interested in the position?
- How has the TRIO SSS Classic Program shaped your student experience?
- 2 professional references