Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentors for Project REACH
Project REACH Peer Mentors have a unique opportunity to support our first-year members as they become accustomed to college life during the fall semester.

Frequently Asked Questions about Project REACH’s Peer Mentoring Program

Are these work-study positions?
Peer mentor positions are paid, non-work-study jobs.

May I apply if I am not a member of Project REACH?
Although Project REACH members are preferred, we encourage all students who have an interest in helping first-year students and who demonstrate a thorough understanding about Project REACH, to apply.

How do I apply?
All interested students are encouraged to attend an informational session which typically takes place in February. Applicants must submit an application, resume, and two professional references. Selected candidates will be interviewed and decisions will be made by the middle of April.

Are all applicants interviewed?
We typically are not able to interview all who apply. Applicants are ranked based upon experience, answers to application questions, and academic performance.

Applicants who are selected for an interview are strongly encouraged to schedule a practice interview with the Career Services Office.

What are you looking for in candidates?
Strong candidates will demonstrate a thorough understanding of Project REACH and the Peer Mentoring Program. They will have a desire to assist first-year students and to develop their leadership skills. They will be able to commit to working 4 to 8 hours per week for the entire fall semester.

What is the training like?
An introductory meeting is held in late spring and a training session will be held during Opening Weekend in August. Necessary paperwork will be reviewed and obligations and expectations will be discussed. Peer mentors participate in a Certified Peer Educator Training Program. Challenges and successes are discussed and additional mentoring techniques are taught during weekly staff meetings.

Peer Mentoring- Is It For You?
Although it is not mandatory, prospective applicants are encouraged to learn all about Project REACH's Peer Mentor positions by attending an information session. Former Peer Mentors and Project REACH staff will be available to answer your questions.

Information session dates:
Monday, February 23, 2015 from 3:00-4:00 pm OR
Friday, February 27, 2015 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Coleman A

Learn more about what it means to be a Peer Mentor in this article "A Success Story from Project REACH."
[ Download article (pdf) ]

[ Download the Peer Mentor Application (pdf) ]

[ Download the Peer Mentor Position Description (pdf) ]

Application Deadlines
Returning Peer Mentors:  Monday, March 2, 2015
New Applicants:  Friday, March 6, 2015

Contact: Kayle Light, Academic Coordinator 315-655-7267 or