Acquiring a Peer Mentor:
As a first year student—and beyond—at Lock Haven University, you will face many issues. The college environment can present some new challenges, personally, financially, socially, culturally, and academically. The TRIO SSS Scholars program helps students transition to college and achieve success. Both the SSS Scholars Best Foot Forward Summer Bridge and Academic Year Programs are designed to provide information on getting around campus, finding and using campus resources, understanding financial responsibilities, and managing time for classes, extra-curricular activities, and internships or jobs. You will also receive assistance from an SSS Peer Mentor.
The Peer Mentor program helps SSS Scholars with the transition to LHU and a range of other challenges from the time of enrollment through graduation. Successful upper division SSS Scholars interact with their peers individually and in small groups, providing support. With guidance and leadership, Peer Mentors show students college life and learning skills, help them to connect with other students, faculty, and staff, as well as engage in activities and take advantage of services across campus and in the Lock Haven community.
Becoming a Peer Mentor:
The Peer Mentors are upper division, service-minded SSS students who serve as role models and provide a comfortable environment for students to work on obstacles to achieving success. Both individually and in small groups, Peer Mentors provide support in academic, social, and personal areas. Each spring, eligible SSS Scholars have the opportunity to apply for one of the available Peer Mentor positions available the next academic year. The requirements are as follows:
- Must have a 2.5 or higher Grade Point Average,
- Must be at least a second semester freshman, be active in the SSS Scholars program,
- Must submit a complete application with two references and a resume,
- Must participate successfully in two group process interviews and one individual interview,
- Must be able to arrive one week before the fall semester begins,
- Must be confident in leading small groups, and
- Must be interested in providing year-long guidance and activities for peers.
Once selected, Peer Mentors in the SSS Scholars Program are expected to:
- Maintain perfect attendance and punctuality at training sessions, meetings with mentees, and any assigned activities, such as workshops, study halls, etc.
- Act responsibly at all times as a designated role model peers look to for advice (i.e., making good choices in your academic, social, and personal life).
- Develop programs that assist peers with college life, learning, and recreation.
- Inform the Director of any student issues or need for assistance.
- Participate actively in the SSS Scholars Program’s cultural trips, workshops, banquets, etc.
- Communicate continually with mentees throughout the year, including the initial individual meeting, subsequent coaching, and group programs.
- Complete and submit green Contact Reports and Payroll Time Sheets to the Administrative Assistants bi-weekly.
- Complete and keep Clearances up to date.
- Sign and HONOR the Confidentiality and Family Education Rights & Privacy Act agreements.
For more information, please contact SSS Scholars Director Dr. Julie A. Story at email@example.com or 117 Ulmer Hall.