What is a Peer Mentor?

Peer Mentors serve as guides and resources for new Peer Leaders. Through mentorship opportunities, Peer Mentors will provide various avenues of support that are essential to the success of the program and the quality of the new Peer Leader experience. Peer Mentors will be responsible for leading and connecting with Peer Leaders throughout their entire experience. Beginning with Peer Leader Recruitment during Fall 2015 through their first teaching semester during the 2016-2017 school year, Peer Mentors will remain a constant source of support for all new Peer Leaders. Professionally, this position will further enhance your inter-personal communication skills, while developing skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and the monitoring/assessment of peer leaders and self-performance.

 

Peer Mentor Responsibilities

  • Mentoring
    • Attend all Peer Mentor meetings and communicate with New Student and Family Programs on a regular basis.
    • Meet with your Peer Leaders on an individual basis at least twice during the Spring and twice during their teaching term (either Summer B or Fall).
    • Develop a rapport with your group by creating/planning community building opportunities.
    • Communicate accurate and timely resource information to Peer Leaders.
    • Serve as an active academic and social role model.
    • Maintain appropriate and professional social media activities.
    • Become familiar with the need of your mentees.
  • Peer Leader & Mentor Retreat
    • Attend and facilitate portions of Peer Leader Retreat on November 5
    • Assist with and attend Peer Leader Retreat Training Meetings.
    • Attend Lead Educator and Peer Mentor Retreat on November 4
  • Peer Leader Recruitment
    • Assist with all aspects (at least 25%) of Peer Leader Recruitment which includes Information Sessions, Recruitment Interviews, and others.
  • Peer Leader Celebration Banquet
    • Assist with the planning of Peer Leader Celebration Banquet in April 2018
    • Attend Peer Leader Celebration Banquet in April 2018
  • Additional Responsibilities
    • Serve on one of the Peer Mentor Committees.
    • Volunteer at New Student Convocation

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Served at least one semester as a First Year Florida Peer Leader and successfully completed IDS4930.
  • Possess a strong interest and desire to help new Peer Leaders make a positive impact on new students.
  • Exhibit leadership potential and a strong commitment to the mission of New Student & Family Programs and the First Year Florida program.
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism
  • Ability to think critically, manage conflict, problem-solve, adapt to change, work independently and collaboratively, and provide effective feedback.
  • Exhibit strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to effectively facilitate and instruct a diverse group of students and peers.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn new things and maintain an open-mind.
  • Not have been found in violation of the UF Student Code of Conduct or Honor Code; record will be verified.
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student at the University of Florida.
  • Have at least a 2.75 GPA during time of application submission.
  • Agree to abide by professional and ethical standards of conduct, including following all university regulations and civic laws, for the duration of the appointment.

 

NOTICE

If you are interested in returning as a Peer Leader and teaching during the 2018-2019 school year, then you do not have to submit another application, since this covers both Mentor and Returner positions.  If you selected that you would like to return as a Peer Leader, then you will automatically teach during the 2018-2019 school year and abide by all position responsibilities.

PEER MENTOR TIMELINE

Date 
Friday, September 1Application Opens
Monday, October 9Application Closes
Monday, October 23- Friday October 27Individual Interviews
Wednesday, November 1Notification Day
Saturday, November 4Peer Mentor Retreat
Sunday, November 5Peer Leader Retreat