WHAT IS THE J+M FTIC PEER CONNECT MENTORSHIP PROGRAM?
If you are a junior or senior-level First Time In College (FTIC) student that has successfully navigated the college-experience and would like to pass on what you have learned to entering lowerclassmen, then this program is for you! Interested students demonstrate a sincere interest to be a mentor and make a positive difference in the lives of incoming First Time in College freshmen and sophomore students.
WHAT IS A MENTOR?
According to Dictionary.com, a “mentor” is an experienced and trusted adviser. A mentor shares with a mentee information about his or her own career path, as well as provides guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling.
WHAT QUALITIES SHOULD A PEER CONNECT MENTOR HAVE?
- Be a role model: responsible, reliable, and respectful
- Have a desire to help others and a sincere interest in their well-being
- Be motivational and have a willingness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise
- Demonstrate a positive attitude
- Be proud to be an FIU student and have a commitment to academic excellence
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A PEER CONNECT MENTOR?
Be a current undergraduate First Time in College (FTIC) student in his or her junior or senior year (FTIC students are those who entered FIU with less than twelve credit hours)
- Have a 3.0 GPA or above
- Be able to spend at least 10 hours per week mentoring FTIC students
- Complete the J+M FTIC Peer Mentor Application
- Complete the online FTIC Peer Mentor training module
WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A PEER CONNECT MENTOR?
- Help mentees become acclimated to being a new college student; share learned skills on how to navigate and succeed at college life
- Provide academic support and serve as a resource to mentee; encourage mentee
- attend academic-related function/workshops with mentee
- Attend athletic and other University-related social events with mentee
- Provide friendship and support to assigned mentee