Creating College Ambassadors: Peer Mentor Program & Curriculum

To leverage student-to-student learning and provide strong, positive role models for students, EPC has developed a student mentorship program. The Peer Mentor program fosters student leadership and increases educational expectations of high school students. The goal of the program is to develop leadership, provide mentorship, and encourage community service while promoting high school success and higher education.

Students participate in three areas: (1) early academic outreach mentors, (2) college family conference mentors, and (3) peer advisors. All student participants serve as important college ambassadors in the high school, sharing essential college knowledge with their peers and supporting efforts to create a college-going culture across the school. The Peer Mentor program helps students learn about high school graduation and college prep requirements and college admissions and financial aid and also equips them confidence to becomes leaders. Students also learn how to deliver workshops and presentations and develop conferences through effective communication workshops. Peer Mentors are also trained on group facilitation skills, conflict resolution, diversity awareness, effective outreach, and leadership development.

Students in the program take full ownership of their role and conduct several presentations for their school, recruit students for events, and serve as advocates for postsecondary education. Peer Mentors help other students navigate the college-going pathway and understand eligibility requirements, important deadlines, and time management strategies. Peer Mentors provide critical support and motivation for students to achieve thier higher education and career goals.

Download the complete Peer Mentor program curriculum (2.75 MB PDF), or click on the links below to download individual chapters (PDFs).

Conference Presentations & Trainings

View/print sample Peer Mentor program application form (36 KB PDF)

Download the presentation from the NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity Building Workshop (1.10 MB PDF) in New Orleans, February 8-11, 2009.

Download the presentation from the CollegeBoard Preparate conference (1.10 MB PDF) in Orlando, April 23-24, 2009.