PASSAGE USA Peer Mentoring

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Peer Mentoring

The term mentor, in the traditional sense, means to be an advisor or supporter. For peer mentoring on a college campus, we think mentoring means more than that. It is about developing meaningful relationships that benefit all who are involved and should be considered a two-way street- where both learn from the other, improving the quality of life for all involved.

All PASSAGE USA students are paired with peer mentors who will serve as natural supports in social, academic and employment situations. Each student will have a primary mentor (someone who spends 10-15 hours per week with them) as well as, multiple voluntary peer mentors (mentors who give 1-5 hours per week).

Peer mentors commit for one full semester and serve as friends, study buddies, advocates and role models for PASSAGE USA students.

 To look at our Peer Mentors Needed flyer, click here.

Peer Mentor Responsibilities

As a peer mentor, you’d have several duties. You would work with students in a variety of settings during your scheduled times. The following is a list of peer mentor responsibilities.

Your responsibilities as a peer mentor would include:

  • Support PASSAGE USA students in social, independent living, & academic situations
  • Help PASSAGE USA student achieve their personal goals
  • Participate in PASSAGE USA events
  • Attend Peer Mentor Training
  • Complete Peer Mentor logs
  • Commit to scheduled work times
  • Be a study buddy to a PASSAGE USA student
  • Advocate for diversity in the USA community
  • Model appropriate behavior in all settings
  • Set high expectations for PASSAGE USA student & help them exceed those expectations
  • Help PASSAGE USA student fit naturally in USA’s campus and community
  • Form and foster life-long friendships.

Apply to be a peer mentor

The priority deadline for the Fall 2017 semester applications has passed. However, PASSAGE USA is always looking for great peer mentors who want to advocate for diversity on campus.

For more information, please contact John B. Heinl at or 241-460-7674 OR CLICK HERE to access a peer mentor application.


This project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education Grant # P407A150076