The Retention Project
The Washington Campus Compact AmeriCorps Retention Project places AmeriCorps members at colleges and universities to implement exemplary mentoring initiatives. Using service-learning as a strategy, AmeriCorps Retention Project members recruit and train college student mentors to help reduce dropout rates of middle, high, and
post-secondary students. The Retention Project supports the success and retention of disadvantaged youth and first-generation college students through mentoring, tutoring, and service-learning opportunities.
What is Peer Mentoring?
Mentoring: A consistent, individualized, supportive relationship that can consist of areas such as emotional support, academic support and acting as a bridge between family and school life. U.S. Department of Education
Peers to Peers Vision
The vision of the peer mentoring team is to foster academic success, campus involvement, personal development, and civic engagement of Pierce Students. We hope to achieve these outcomes by building a sense of belonging and purpose among Pierce Students.
Role of Peer Mentors
The peer mentor serves to connect students to campus resources and community through 1-1 and group mentoring, attending campus and community events together, taking academics outside of the classroom through service learning, and to engage in ongoing development trainings. Mentors are part-time student employees who meet one on one with mentees and also plan and participate in group activities and service learning projects. Mentors work with mentees on developing strategies for academic and social success such as study skills, time management, communication, and organization.
How to Become a Mentor NOW HIRING!
Peer mentors are students who have earned at least 20 credits at Pierce College and maintain above a 2.75 GPA.
Click here to download a peer mentor application.
Benefits of Peer Mentoring
Peer mentoring benefits both the mentee and the mentor.
Some of these benefits include:
-Gratifying relationships with Peers
- -Greater connections to campus life and school activities
- -Developing strategies to deal with both academic and personal challenges
- -Increases network of pierce colleagues and support
- -Strengthening civic and teamwork skills through program training opportunities and activities
- -Enhanced awareness of your work, leadership, and communication styles
- -Preparation for future work or internship possibilities
- -Increases communication, study, and interpersonal skills
- -Building relationships with community partners through service learning
- -Gain recognition of your skills and experience
How to Become a Mentee
For more information on becoming involved with the peer mentoring program please contact Sonja Morgan at 253-840-8415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peers to Peers Events and Activities
A full listing of Peers to Peers events and service activities will be available fall quarter 2012. Please check back then.
Student Programs Coordinator
Office: College Center 210