What is a Peer Mentor?
A peer mentor is an undergraduate student who has attended UNG for at least one year and works with a new or transfer student throughout their first experience at UNG. The peer mentor relationship begins during the first week of fall semester and ends at the conclusion of either spring or summer semester of the following year.
The primary mission of the Peer Mentor Program is to ease the transition of new students to the University of North Georgia so that they may succeed personally, socially and academically. Additionally, the program helps each new student with other peers, an upper class mentor, and ultimately, the institution as a whole.
The objectives of the Peer Mentor Program:
- To acquaint each new and transfer student with UNG, it's structure, services and unique personality;
- To help new students connect with other peers and at at least one upper-class student in a meaningful positive way;
- To assist the student in personal assessment of his/her abilities and support the transition to UNG academically, socially and personally;
- To promote attendance to "extracurricular" academic, social, and cultural events;
- To promote participation in meaningful campus activities.
Expectations of the Peer Mentor:
- Attend all training sessions and gatherings;
- Complete all of the program components with your mentee and attend all New Student Orientations, programs and events;
- Become acquainted with their mentee and establish a positive relationship;
- Be aware of the student's attitudes and be sensitive to the individual. Encourage a sense of individual responsibility:
- Be knowledgeable about on and off-campus services for appropriate referral;
- Show interest and encourage others to participate in and attend various college events;
- Promote student interaction;
- Follow up with the student throughout the year to ensure success and well adjustment to the university;
- Maintain an open line of communication and support throughout the year;
Want to be a Peer Mentor?
As a peer mentor, your main responsibility will be to provide guidance, friendship, and support for new students. Moreover, you will give personal attention, help, information, and encouragement, providing freshman with the essential tools and support needed to succeed in college. You are required to attend all training meetings throughout the academic year. The training promises to be informative, interesting, and hopefully, enjoyable. The training concentrates on personal communication skills and understanding the boundaries of your role as a peer mentor as well as covering some of the information you may need.
- Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident
- Must be at least in sophomore standing by start of position
- Must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.25
- Must have a willingness to share your personal UNG experiences with incoming students.
If you are interested in becoming a peer mentor, please contact the peer mentor coordinator.
If a mentor wants to be reassigned to another mentee, he/she must adhere to the following process:
- Meet with mentee at least twice in good faith effort (trial period).
- After two meetings if mentor is still not satisfied, he/she should talk with mentee about reassignment and come to a mutual understanding.
- Once mentee is informed, a mentor can email the program coordinator, providing a reasonable explanation.
- The program coordinator will review the request and notify mentor of the final decision.