Peer Mentor Services serves incoming CSU East Bay freshmen with an emphasis on educational success through personal well-being. Pioneered by the General Studies faculty and seven CSU East Bay students in 2009, the program offers a secure leadership team, skilled in helping students both in and out of the classroom. Peer Mentors provide a strong link to new undergraduates as students who model positive habits of the college lifestyle and thrive academically, socially, and professionally.
Peer Mentors typically work in classrooms with General Studies instructors. They expand on one's knowledge of topics essential to every college student. These include, but are not limited to, developing financial literacy, positively handling stress, and managing time and study habits. In the Peer Mentor Offices, mentors are available to meet with students to discuss any difficulties students may be facing and/or provide referrals to other campus resources.
With the guidance of instructors and Senior Peer Mentors, aspiring mentors gain experience in refining their leadership skills and their approach to managing the responsibilities typical of a Peer Mentor. Bonds formed in the spring between colleagues through group exercises and projects contribute to the foundation of teamwork that has earned Peer Mentor Services a strong reputation on campus.
Ultimately, the Peer Mentor Services propels the vision for stable and productive learning communities by paving a smooth path for each student's educational experience. Its services are maintained and continue to develop as a result of new energetic, creative men and women that seek to make their contribution.
The process of becoming a college student may present various forms of emotional and physical barriers, yet the persistent goal of each Peer Mentor remains: to offer a welcoming smile and firm hand to help all students. We are here for YOU!