Guidelines for Becoming a Peer Mentor
Starting college is a major step for new students, and the transition often times becomes overwhelming and confusing. The Peer Mentor program was established to help new students make a successful start to college. Peer Mentors will begin working with students before they even enroll at Ohlone, informing them of the opportunities available at the college and providing campus tours.
By supporting the counseling department, Mentors will have many opportunities to interact with students and offer advice on a wide variety of topics such as time management, study skills, and campus resources. Because Mentors have “been in their shoes,” they are able to relate to the challenges new students are facing in their adjustment to college. Mentors will be trained in areas such as communication, leadership, and problem-solving. They will also be thoroughly trained in when to refer students to other campus resources such as tutoring, Counseling, or the Health Center.Peer Mentors also participate in a variety of other recruitment and retention programs such as Welcome Day, Freshman Days: Ohlone College Orientation, New Student Orientations, placement testing, college fairs, and high school presentations.
All new Mentors start out as volunteers; however, after a specified amount of time as a volunteer, Mentors may be hired and paid $8.50 per hour. The number of paid Mentors hired each semester depends upon available funding.
Qualifications for Peer Mentors
- Strong interpersonal skills
- A sincere interest in helping new students
- Have a positive, energetic attitude
- Minimum GPA of 2.75
- Minimum of 12 Units completed at Ohlone
- Be enrolled in at least 6 units per semester while a part of the program
- Must be able to commit to working approximately 5-10 hours per week