Serving as role models, counselors and motivators, the mentors will use their knowledge and expertise to help students succeed. The mentor's responsibility is to help the mentee take responsibility for their own skills and behavior. This assistance should guide the mentee to academic and social integration, increased self-esteem, higher grades, and greater self perceived intellectual growth. To ensure that they are adequately prepared, the mentor undergoes training to insure that he knows how to respond to the mentee's needs.
The Mentor/Mentee Relationship
Generally, mentors communicate with their mentee(s) once a week during the fall semester via email, telephone calls, or face-to-face. Mentors may talk about personal experiences and/or give academic advice and guidance.
Mentors and mentees will determine schedules and interactions/activities. Mentors are expected to submit a brief report once a month. The purpose of monthly reports is to assist the BMEN Coordinator in identifying special needs/concerns of students.
Mentors are expected to guide mentees to try new skills and to take risks that will help them gain more experiences.
Advantages of the Peer Mentoring Program
Both mentors and mentees can gain substantially from the program. Past members have developed new friendships and relationships.
After successful completion of the program, mentees have the opportunity to become a mentor themselves. The program is designed to help members recognize they can make a difference and feel a part of the UAB community by sharing individual strengths and abilities.
The program is also helpful to increase one's self-awareness and self-discipline which can be helpful to gain more out of one's education and experiences at UAB.
The Peer Mentoring Program is based on two basic premises:
Students are uniquely qualified to help other students succeed.
Students learn best in an environment of friendship and encouragement.