Peer mentors go by different names depending on the LC: peer mentor, sophomore advisor, community leader, section leader, etc. No matter what their official title, peer mentors are essential to the learning community experience.
Peer Mentor Training
The LAUNCH: Learning Communities Peer Mentor Training Program is a certified International Mentor Training Program through the College Reading and Learning Association. Peer Mentor Selects complete a large portion of the LAUNCH: Learning Communities Peer Mentor Training toward a Level I Certified Mentor certificate in the spring semester. Peer Mentors returning to serve in leadership positions or deepen their skills with another year of service continue their training for a Level II Advanced Certified Mentor or Level III Master Certified Mentor certificate. Training continues prior to fall semester and with monthly development opportunities within specific learning communities. Peer Mentors earn their certificates by completing specific training sessions for each level and mentoring for 50 hours (Level I), 75 hours (Level II), or 100 hours (Level III).
The culmination of training for peer mentors in Brownsville Scholars, Century Scholars, and GTF Aggie Scholars learning communities and executive committee members for ASPIRE, Camp Mentor occurs the week before campus move-in.
Camp Mentor starts on campus and concludes at an off-site retreat center on the third day. Camp Mentor peer leaders refresh their knowledge of academic coaching, community-building, student transition issues, and group dynamics. During planning sessions, each LC finalizes the calendar for the year, prepares for Howdy Week events, and gets ready for the first week of classes. Mentors have a lot of fun too!