The following responsibilities were gleaned and synthesized from a web search of university student-to-student mentoring programs and drawn from the experience of the author with numerous programs.
Note – The extent of job responsibilities and the degree to which they are formally defined varies considerably. Typically, the positions which are more formal, which involve more complex support programs, which contain more accountability and tasks, and are more time-intensive, are often accompanied by a stipend or some other form of reward for the service. Stipends range around $500 a school year, but that depends on whether it is the sole incentive or other rewards are available along with the stipend, and whether the position is for mentoring and individual, or mentoring an individual and leading a mentoring group too.
- Before the Academic Year Starts
- Attend and actively participate in all required program orientation and training events related to your position.
- Commit 10-12 hours prior to the start of the school year to assist with the mentor selection process.
- During New Student Orientation
- Meet with your assigned protege, learning their name, sharing contact information, getting to know them, and identifying and providing any needed support or guidance.
- Coordinate group participation in program activities during New Student Orientation and throughout the academic year.
- Provide assistance and support to students and their families and to the University staff during New Student Orientation.
- Facilitate problem-solving and team-building activities for a mentor group as part of New Student Orientation.
- Group Leadership and Mentoring During the Academic Year
- Meet with the mentor group every other week during the academic year.
- Use the provided program to lead a “mentor” group of 12-18 first-year program students as they transition and integrate into the university life and community.
- Develop a positive mentoring relationship with each of the students in a mentor group and maintain regular contact with them throughout the academic year.
- Challenge each student to participate actively and responsibly within the university community and in the classroom.
- Engage in on-going discussions about assigned program topics.
- Mentoring During the Academic Year
- Mentor the first year or transfer student protege assigned to you, showing an interest in and commitment to their well-being, academic and social success, and their personal goals.
- Be available to first-year students as a resource regarding academic, campus, and personal matters and provide referrals to appropriate university services concerning any serious student concerns.
- In General Throughout the Academic Year
- Attend monthly first year program staff workshops.
- Develop a working relationship and maintain regular contact with the First-Year Seminar Faculty Instructor.
- Meet one-on-one with the Associate Dean of Students on an as needed basis.
- Uphold high standards of personal behavior and serve always as a role model as a student, as a program leader, as a university representative, and as a community member.
- At the End of the Academic Year
- Participate in any written or group evaluation of the first year student program, doing your best to provide sincere, improvement-focused information.
- Follow program guidelines for reaching appropriate closure in ending all mentor group and individual mentoring relationships.
- Continuing informal mentoring relationships and friendships with your students is done at your availability and preference, but is encouraged by the university and program.