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Meet the 2015-2016 Mentoring Mavs

The mission of the Peer Mentor Program at Mercy is to assist first-year students in their transition into college – academically, socially, and spiritually – by providing support and guidance. The program will be a vital means for first-year students to make connections, share experiences, and learn to become active members of the Mercy Community. Peer Mentors will be supportive, approachable, and act as positive role models throughout the academic year, ultimately enriching the college experience.

Program Benefits

Mentors - Aside from being a great resume builder, Mentoring Mavs provides students an opportunity to be campus leaders and use their knowledge of Mercy College to guide incoming freshmen through the challenges of transitioning to life in college. 

Mentees - Mentoring Mavs provides freshman an opportunity to connect with an older student who has already gone through many of the same challenges they face and can offer invaluable advice about both academic and social activities.

What is Peer Mentoring?

The Mentoring Mavs program matches upperclassmen with incoming students to provide guidance. Through this special relationship, peer mentors provide advice and support and serve as role models for their mentees. Challenges facing those being mentored include academic issues, social issues, such as pressures and possible different environments being at the college level and other typical difficulties of growing up. The use of a mentoring relationship is one of the most effective strategies that universities can use in attracting, retaining, and graduating students. Furthermore mentoring programs have been displayed as an effective approach with students who are first generation, low income or from underrepresented groups.

What do Peer Mentors Do?

Peer mentors assist incoming students with transitional issues by sharing resources and connecting students to opportunities for co-curricular growth. Together, peer mentors and mentees foster development in the areas of:

  • Time management
  • Communicating effectively with faculty and staff
  • Navigating the campus
  • Traveling to different campuses
  • Registering for classes
  • Reviewing degree requirements
  • Preparing for tests
  • And so much more!

Peer mentors are not tutors, counselors or advisors, but they can guide students to the appropriate resources on campus.