What is the Isothermal Community College Peer 2 Peer Mentorship Program?
The ICC Peer Mentoring Program matches second year students with first year students to provide personalized support and connection to campus resources. Mentors assist students as they progress throughout their academic career at Isothermal Community College two times a semester and through a Mentoring Moodle Forum.
A Mentor is . . .
- A knowledgeable and experienced guide who teaches (and learns) through a commitment to the mutual growth of both mentee and mentor
- A caring, thoughtful, and humane facilitator who provides access to people, places, experiences, and resources outside the mentee’s routine environment
- A role model who exemplifies in word and deed what it means to be an ethical, responsible, and compassionate human being
- A trusted ally, or advocate, who works with (not for) the mentee and on behalf of the mentee’s best interests and goals
What is My Role as a Peer Mentor?
Peer Mentors are those who understand their interactions with students as not simply a job but as opportunities to help others discover the potential within them to succeed in the college and in life.
Peer Mentors help to nurture this potential in other students. In other words, what distinguishes Peer Mentors from other students who do advising and tutoring is not the amount of work they do but the quality and kind of work they do.
To become a Peer Mentor, an experienced student does not have to do extra work but to think about their interactions with fellow students in a new way. Peer Mentors bring to their work as advisors and tutors the consciousness of the importance of mentoring.
What Can I Gain from Being a Mentor?
- The ability to utilize leadership skills and nurture a student in his or her education
- Mentoring is a reciprocal relationship; both the mentor and mentee benefit and learn from each other. As a Peer Mentor, you have the opportunity to make a difference in students' lives
- Volunteer hours if involved in a school organization
- Letter of recommendation from a faculty and staff member from the ICC Retention Task Force
- Experience that will benefit you with your life-long learning at ICC and beyond
Requirements Needed to be a Mentor
- GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Two Faculty/Staff Recommendation Letters
- Be at least a second year student
- A positive, friendly, and willing attitude!