Peer Mentor Search Re-opened

Attention Honors College Students:

We are hiring Peer Mentors to work with incoming first-year students for the academic year, 2021 - 2022. If you enjoy helping others and are passionate about the HCOL community, this position will afford an opportunity for you to gain valuable leadership skills, international mentor certification through the College Reading and Learning Association, and network with staff and faculty. Applications are due by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 12th, 2021. The application and references should be emailed to Martha Lance at mblance@uvm.edu.

Interviews will be held the following week.

Any questions about the application or program should be directed to Martha Lance at mblance@uvm.edu.

Description:
Peer Mentors (PMs) are leaders within the Honors College community and provide key support and advising for first year students as they navigate the transition from high school to college.  Each PM serves a group of approximately 15 first-year students in the Honors College.  PMs operate under the supervision of an academic advisor and work collaboratively to plan programs and to facilitate first-year student academic development. PMs are considered essential partners in the College’s advising efforts.

Primary Responsibilities and Expectations:
• Training
o Attend a minimum of fifteen hours of training throughout the academic year.
oTrainings are generally scheduled on a weeknight when we can muster all tge PMs. The exact meeting time and day will be determined by the group.
o You will be paid for attending the trainings.
o If you elect to pursue mentor certification, you must complete fifteen hours of training and 50 hours of mentoring.

• Mentorship
o Mentor approximately 15 first-year HCOL students (mentees) during the fall and spring semesters. We do our best to connect mentors and mentees with the same academic majors. 
o Participate in a summer reach-out campaign by writing an introductory letter to mentees. 
o Work assist with first year student move-in August for three hours and attend the mentor/mentee Match-Up Event during opening weekend.
o Meet with one-on-one with mentees a minimum of one time during the first six weeks of the fall semester.
o Assist with spring and fall registration.
o Be available to mentees on an as needed basis for advising.
o Serve in an ambassadorial and advisory role for prospective Honors College students.


• Collaboration
o Communicate concerns about mentees to HCOL staff.
o Connect mentees with appropriate campus resources, faculty, upperclassmen, and academic departmental resources.
o Keep records of your mentoring activities and training attendance.

• Programming
o Host/co-host programs for mentees that will address social, educational, and/or emotional needs of students.
o Participate in advising events.

Eligibility:
o Remain in Honors College good academic standing (3.2 GPA)
o Mentors must be taking courses on campus and reside in the local area (i.e., cannot be planning to study abroad in the fall)
o Must provide two positive references as part of the application process

Qualifications:
o Solid interpersonal skills and a non-judgmental attitude
o Strong academic skills
o Desire to contribute to the success of other students
o Responsible and reliable

Benefits and Remuneration:
o By contributing your own background experience, knowledge, and skills to the position while working both independently and collaboratively, each Mentor will learn and develop transferrable life skills such as active listening, leadership, interpersonal communication, project and time management, and problem solving.
o PMs are considered student employees.
o PMs are invited to move into campus early before Move-in for PM training sessions.
o You will make a difference in the lives of your fellow students.

To Apply:

If you are interested in becoming a PM, please submit a completed application by 11:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28th, 2021.

Please send all application materials directly to Martha Lance at mblance@uvm.edu. Electronic signatures are fine. Feel free to email Martha if you have any questions.


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