Peer Mentors

What is a First-Year Mentor?

A First-Year Mentor (FYM), formerly known as a peer mentor, is an undergraduate student who leads and mentors a group of approximately 10–20 first-year or transfer students throughout orientation and their first year at LVC. The primary mission of the FYM program is to ease the transition of new students to Lebanon Valley College and encourage their personal, social, and academic success. Additionally, the program helps new students connect with other peers, support systems, and, ultimately, the institution.

 

Objectives of the First-Year Mentor Program

  • To acquaint each first-year and transfer student with Lebanon Valley College’s structure, services, and community.
  • To help new students connect with other peers and support services in a meaningful and positive way.
  • To support students in their personal, social, and academic transitions, and address any needs and concerns that arise.
  • To promote engagement in academic, social, and cultural opportunities.

 

Expectations of First-Year Mentors

  • Participation in the required First-Year Mentor Training (Sunday, August 19 through Wednesday, August 22).
  • Participation in the entire New Student Orientation program (Thursday, August 23 through Sunday, August 26).
  • Become acquainted with all assigned mentees and establish positive relationships.
  • Facilitate meetings with assigned mentees at least three times throughout the fall semester through one-on-one and group meetings, in addition to casual interactions.
  • Serve as a positive role model through your personal, academic, and social behavior.
  • Be knowledgeable about campus resources and services for appropriate recommendations and referrals.
  • Attend scheduled meetings with supervisor as necessary.
  • Attend two campus social activities within the first six weeks.
  • Attend the Leadership Conference during the fall semester (Date TBD).

 

First-Year Mentor Criteria

  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the start of the 2019 spring semester.
  • Completed application and résumé by Friday, March 22, at 4 p.m.
  • Personal interview with Brandon Smith (please treat this as if you were attending a professional interview).
  • Good disciplinary standing.
  • Exhibit the ability to lead, learn, and work effectively with a diverse group of team members.
  • Be reliable, flexible, a good communicator, and responsible.

 

Benefits and Perks of Being a First-Year Mentor

  • $150 stipend
  • Free First-Year Mentor t-shirt
  • Free meals during First-Year Mentor Training and New Student Orientation
  • Develop leadership and mentorship skills
  • Create a significant impact on incoming LVC students
  • Great résumé building opportunity
  • Move in early before everyone else returns

 

2019 First-Year Mentor Selection Timeline and Important Dates

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019: Applications Available Online

Attendance at one of the following:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019: Information Session, 12 p.m., Lebegern Learning Commons, Allan W. Mund College Center
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019: Information Session, 4 p.m., Tweedie Meeting Room, Mund College Center
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019: Information Session, 11 a.m., Lebegern, Mund College Center

Friday, March 22, 2019: Applications due by 4 p.m./complete interview sign-up

Monday, March 25, 2019—Friday, April 12, 2019: Individual interviews

Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Notifications sent via campus email

Wednesday, April 24, 2019: Introductory meeting for selected First-Year Mentors, 4 p.m., Frederic K. Miller Chapel 101 

Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019–Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019: Required First-Year Mentor training (Tentative)

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019—Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019: Required New Student Orientation

Monday, Aug. 26, 2019: Fall semester begins

 

How to Apply

Access the online application form located on the MyLVC portal. Submit all completed materials by 4 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019. Once submitted, stop by the Center for Student Engagement to set up an interview time.

It is highly recommended that you have your résumé reviewed by the staff of the Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success. Stop by during their open office hours or make an appointment by contacting them at breencenter@lvc.edu.

 

 

Questions about being a First-Year Mentor? Contact Brandon Smith at bhsmith@lvc.edu.