FYE Peer Mentor Program
Participating in the program itself is very rewarding, but you will also gain leadership skills that will be an added benefit to your resumé.
So, if you enjoyed your First-Year Experience, and would like to give that awesome experience to future First-Year students, please keep reading...
To be an FYE Peer Mentor, you must:
- have successfully completed an FYE course
- completed a minimum of 24 credit hours
- are in good academic standing (3.0 GPA minimum)
- and completed our rigorous training program for Peer Mentors
Peer Mentors will be selected each Spring, will attend a 3-day training (with pay) the week before school starts, and then will remain as Peer Mentors for an academic year.
FYE Peer Mentors must be recommended by an FYE faculty member or an FYE Peer Mentor in order to receive an application packet. Speak with your FYE faculty member or an FYE Peer Mentor to discuss why you would like to be a Peer Mentor before April 15th.
Once the FYE faculty member or FYE Peer Mentor recommends you, you will be contacted and will receive an application to fill out.
The completed applications will be reviewed by our team of Peer Mentor Supervisors (Katherine Gleiss, Michelle Morrow, and Shellie Coleman) as well as the FYE Coordinator. That group will read through your application, check your grade point average, and contact the faculty member or student who recommended you.
The team will choose students to proceed to the next step of the process, which is an in-person interview with members of the Peer Mentor family.
After that interview, our group will jointly decide who the next year’s Peer Mentors will be.
The responsibilities of a Peer Mentor include a commitment to the program for an entire academic year, participating in a training program during the summer, coordinating team building activities and fun events for their student group, helping students navigate the campus, a strong desire to help others, and...
The following responsibilities of the Peer Mentor will address the goals of the First-Year Experience program:
- maintain regular and consistent e-mail communication with students through a NEIUport group
- attend one class session of their FYE class and maintain individual mentoring hours
- coordinate co-curricular activities and conduct team building activities
- refer students to NEIU resources
- implement study groups as needed
- complete required reports and participate in project evaluation
- participate in scheduled facilitator training managed by the NEIU Coordinating Council
- meet minimally twice a month during the semester with the FYE Colloquium instructor
- serve as liaison between FYE students and the NEIU Coordinating Council
- attend twice-monthly meetings with the Peer Mentor Supervisors
- Receive pay of $10.00 per hour
- receive the use of a laptops for the semester(s) in which you are a Peer Mentor
- increase your knowledge of NEIU
- develop relationships with NEIU faculty, staff, and students
- develop leadership skills
- an item to highlight in your resumes
The following are some of the benefits of being a Peer Mentor: