Peer Mentors are role models for students participating in First Year Learning Communities (FYLC), the First Year Summer Program (FYSP), and incoming students participating in the success seminar with Student Life and Developement (SLD). Peer Mentors are experienced student leaders who are eager to share their college expertise and knowledge with new students acclimating to college life. Peer Mentors visit classrooms and reach out to students via email or telephone to confidentially address individual concerns. They also help create and facilitate workshops and events.
Peer Mentoring Benefits for New Students Participating in First Year Programs
- Receive personalized emails about college activities and deadlines.
- Receive assistance with setting up City Tech student email account and navigating CUNYfirst, Blackboard, and OpenLab platforms.
- Get invited to special workshops, events, and activities facilitated by the office of First Year Programs.
- Have an experienced student quickly answer college related questions.
- Guide students to recognize their academic strengths and identify and address personal challenges.
Becoming a Peer Mentor
Peer Mentors play an important role in introducing new students to City Tech. Applicants must be mature, resourceful, articulate, responsible and have a strong academic record. They must have the personality and interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with individuals and groups. They serve as role models for new and continuing students participating in First Year Programs' initiative.
Peer Mentors Requirements
- Must have completed at least 20 academic credits at City Tech.
- Should have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- Are expected to devote approximately 5 hours a week to the program. This includes student outreach, meeting with students, keeping an activity log, and collaborating with faculty. Some peer mentors may also be assigned office hours, depending on their specific program.
- Just be knowledgeable about City Tech. Although no one is expected to know all the answers as an advisor you will be trained to help answer the questions correctly or refer students to the appropriate office.
- Are expected to reach out to the students bi-weekly.
- Must attend workshops, meetings and training sessions.
Benefits for Peer Mentors
- Improve leadership skills
- Become more knowledgeable about City Tech
- Enhance resume
- Professional and positive work environment
- Meet new people
- Learn new skills, such as public speaking, organizing events, general office work
- Receive financial compensation for their service