University of Vermont

ALANA Student Center

Peer Mentoring

The Peer Mentoring Program is a program designed to assist in the social, personal, and academic acclimation to UVM by pairing incoming first-year students with outstanding sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students who act as mentors throughout the academic year. This program has been in existence since 2001 and has proven to be successful for both the mentees and mentors.

Why Mentoring?

Mentor and Mentee

Mentoring can be defined as a helpful relationship between a younger and older individual. The purpose of having a mentoringn relationship in college is to assist students with the challenges associated with the first year college experience. The Peer Mentoring Program provides academic and personal support for participating students during the challenging first year of college. Relationships are built by matching mentors and mentees through interviews, profiles, and mentor matching sessions.

In addition to providing support, mentors are also bridge-builders between their first-year mentees and the student service departments across campus. This means that students have a ready resource for questions ranging from where how to get involved I student activities to how to add a class or declare a major.

One of the primary goals of the Peer Mentoring Program is to foster academic excellence through academic programming in collaboration with the ALANA Student Center's Scholar Series workshops, as well as with the Learning Cooperative, located in the Living & Learning Center.

Want to be a Peer Mentor?
Want to be a Mentee matched with a Peer Mentor?

Mentors Can Provide:

  • Personalized guidance and friendship during the first year of university life.
  • Experience and knowledge about how to be a successful college student.
  • Information about academic resources, co-curricular activities, and social life at UVM.
  • Introductions to Burlington and local community resources.

Many activities are offered during the school year to enhance the mentor/mentee relationship. In addition, mentees and mentors assist in the planning of activities. Past activities have included:

  • Bowling Nights
  • Free tickets to the Flynn Center for Performing Arts
  • Laser Tag at Pizza Putt
  • A Halloween party
  • Movie and Game Nights
  • Ice Skating

Why Become a Mentor?

Mentoring can be defined as a trusting and helpful relationship between an older and younger individual. The purpose of becoming a mentor in college is to create a trusting and helpful relationship, which will assist incoming students with the challenges associated with the first year of college. Peer Mentors take on the responsibility of assisting students' growth and development by providing academic and personal support. Mentors are also expected to be a role model and assist with setting goals for their mentee, both academically and personally.

As a Mentor, you will learn how to provide:

  • Personalized guidance and friendship during the first year of university life
  • An insight to your experience and knowledge as successful college students
  • Information about academic resources, social activities and social life at UVM
  • Introductions to Burlington and the local community resources

Some Student Testimonies:

"I really liked this experience. It was a great opportunity to meet new people. I love my mentor, she is absolutely the best. We do everything together, she is like a sister I always wanted."
~Dominique Griffin, Mentee

"When I first heard about the Peer Mentoring Program I was immediately interested in it. The idea of having a Mentor my first year at the University of Vermont sounded amazing because even before I arrived in Vermont I knew the transition would be extremely difficult for me. Through the Peer Mentoring Program I have made friends with first years who are also experiencing the same difficulties as I am."
~Samantha Leonardo, Mentee

"I felt I had a great relationship with my mentee. We watched movies, ate wings, and did homework together. It's a great program, and I'm glad that I'm part of this!"
~Cherie Lum, Mentor

"The relationship that my mentee & I formed will last longer than the four years that we are here."
~Rashawn Grant, Mentor

To become involved with this incredible program as either a mentee or mentor, please contact

Last modified July 07 2016 03:14 PM