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Students in the MELT Peer Mentoring Program having ice cream.

The goal of MELT is to contribute to the advancement of first-year students by aiding in their academic, emotional, and social adjustment, and personal development. This happens by training peer mentors to assist mentees in developing confidence and positive attitudes about learning; respecting and involving mentees in decisions about their education and learning process; supporting and praising mentees for their efforts rather than criticizing them; and seeking to understand the psychological, emotional, and physical problems that may cause historically underrepresented students to have difficulty at John Carroll.

Program Goals
  • The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion will recruit students to participate in the MELT at New Student Orientation sessions, the Multicultural Welcome Celebration, the Student Involvement Fair, through the Center webpage, and in-person/online methods (email, social media, etc.).
  • MELT will foster a caring mentoring partnership between current students and incoming students; particularly students who are first in their immediate families to go to college, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and other historically underrepresented students.
  • MELT will train peer mentors at the beginning of every fall and spring semester.
  • MELT will host monthly group socials every fall and spring semester.
  • The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion will recruit peer mentors in the spring semester using their webpage and in-person/online methods (email, social media, etc.).
Learning Goals
  • Participants in the Peer Mentoring Program will list and describe their points of individual contact using the Monthly Contact Reports (knowledge and comprehensive cognitive learning).
  • Mentees will evaluate peer mentors at the end of each semester using the Peer Mentor Evaluation Tool (evaluation cognitive learning).
  • The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion will assess the Peer Mentoring Program using the Monthly Contact Reports and Peer Mentor Evaluations (evaluation cognitive learning).
Connection to University Learning Goals and Strategic Plan

The development and implementation of the MELT is aligned with the University’s Learning Goals of Character and Leadership. Moreover, MELT is linked to the University’s Strategic Plan Initiatives of (1) Academic Excellence: Student Thriving and (2) Faith that Does Justice: Inclusive Excellence Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.

Mentor of the Month: Sally Al-Qaraghuli! Maryum Ali has nominated our next featured mentor, Sally Al-Qaraghuli! Here's what Maryum had to say about Sally, "Sally truly cares about her mentees and provides honest and thought out answers when asked a question. She is incredibly experienced in everything and is a person to look up to in terms of the amount of leadership positions that she has. She is an inspiration and really wants her mentees to do the best they can. Sally has a warm presence and instantly becomes friends with whoever she meets, which is a quality I only wish I had. I am so excited to learn more from her in the coming year and am so happy I got paired with her as a mentee!" Congrats, Sally!
Become a Mentee

Mentee Registration for the 2018-2019 year is open! Please fill out the form here to be matched with an upperclassman Mentor. Matches will be made in August.

Please contact Natalie Talerico at ntalerico20@jcu.edu with any questions!

Who can be a mentee?

Any incoming first-year students can participate in the Peer Mentoring Program as “mentees.” Particular focus is made to recruit mentees who are first in their immediate families to go to college, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and other historically underrepresented students.

What is a mentee?

A mentee can be any incoming student who believes that they could benefit from a mentoring relationship.

Mentees might want support in developing the necessary confidence needed to transition from high school to college. Mentees can also be students seeking peers to help them explore, develop, and reinforce their cultural identity development through one-on-one meetings, campus lectures, cultural student organizations, etc. Lastly, mentees might also be students needing a peer to help them explore choices and decisions like major and minor options; on-campus employment; recreation; internships; careers; student organizations; student leadership; and service-learning opportunities.

What are the roles and responsibilities of a mentee?

Mentees are equally responsible for maintaining a caring mentoring partnership their peer mentors. Mentees are:

  • Expected to keep in touch with their peer mentor and respond to their calls, emails, etc., when they check-in.
  • Responsible for evaluating their peer mentors at the end of each semester.
  • Expected to remain in the program for the entire school year.
  • Highly encouraged to participate in the weekly and monthly social group activities.

When does participation in the program happen?

MELT is year-round.

Recruitment for mentees takes place at New Student Orientation, at the Multicultural Welcome Celebration, and the Involvement Fair.

Where does participation in the program happen?

Mentees and their peer mentors are required to brainstorm, negotiate, and agree to the best dates, times, and manners to meet (i.e. in-person, phone, text, etc.) with their mentees during the fall and spring semester.

Why become a mentee?

New students benefit from participating in the Peer Mentoring Program in the following ways: improved grades from study tables; decreased probability of academic probation; reduced attrition; making important first connections on campus; bridging from parents to independence; access to peer advice; and gaining positive role models across a span of years.

Peer Mentor Evaluations

Peer mentors are evaluated at the end of each semester by their mentees. Peer mentors are trained in the areas that they will be evaluated. Evaluation tool will be distributed at the end of each semester.

Becoming a Peer Mentor

The Mentor Application is now closed for the 2018-2019 school year. The Mentor Application for the 2019-2020 school year will open in March 2019.

Who can be a peer mentor?

Current sophomore, junior, or senior students who participate are known as “peer mentors.” Peer mentors become part of the program by applying online and completing an interview process. Peer mentors are trained to take on the responsibility of assisting incoming first-year students in their growth and development by providing academic and personal support. Interested students can review the full job description by clicking here.

What is a peer mentor?

The Peer Mentor serves in a part-time, nine-month position and reports to the Director of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. Peer mentors engage in direct contact with historically underrepresented students in order for them to become successful and fully engaged in all aspects of their educational experiences at John Carroll University. Moreover, peer mentors contribute to the advancement of first-year students by aiding in their academic, emotional, social adjustment, and personal development.

What are the roles and responsibilities of a peer mentor?

Peer mentors create caring mentoring partnerships with students of all backgrounds, especially with students who are first in their immediate families to go to college, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and other historically underrepresented students. Peer mentors:

  1. Help mentees develop confidence and positive attitudes about learning.
  2. Respect and involve mentees in decisions about their education and learning process.
  3. Support and praise mentees for their efforts rather than criticizing them.
  4. Seek to understand the psychological, emotional, and physical problems that may cause historically underrepresented students to have difficulty at John Carroll.

What are the minimum qualifications of a peer mentor?

Peer mentors need to meet a minimum term GPA of 2.5+ when applying to the position; this GPA must be maintained while in the position. Peer mentors must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and be in good academic standing with no active academic probation.

Peer mentors need to have strong interpersonal skills; positive attitude; self-motivation; general knowledge of campus resources. Be dependable and flexible; be able to relate well to a variety of people; respect students’ confidentiality; have strong reading and writing skills; be friendly, patient, and have a sense of humor.

Peer mentors need to demonstrate behavior appropriate to working one-on-one with students, which excludes such behaviors as: insensitivity or disrespect to others; use of offensive language; harassment (any behavior perceived as offensive, after being asked to stop); disregard to personal hygiene; possession of a weapon or threatening behavior; or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Any of these behaviors will result in immediate removal from the program.

What are the preferred qualifications of a peer mentor?

First-generation juniors and seniors are preferred, but all applicants will be considered. A commitment of one year is preferred. Leadership experience in student organizations, residence halls, orientation session, campus tours, etc., is strongly preferred.

What are the peer mentor learning goals?

Peer mentors will be able to:

  • Practice helping skills to help mentees develop confidence and positive attitudes about learning.
  • Show respect and involve mentees in decisions about their education and learning process.
  • Show support and praise mentees for their efforts rather than criticizing them.
  • Interpret and seek to understand the psychological, emotional, and physical problems that may cause historically underrepresented students to have difficulty at John Carroll.
  • Employ the cultural identity development of mentees by encouraging participation in campus events, lectures, workshops, etc.

What is expected of Peer Mentors?

Prior to being matched with a mentee, peer mentors must attend the mandatory in-person training in April and complete online trainings over the summer.

During the school year, peer mentors are required to meet with their mentee(s) at least once per month. In addition, they are required to check-in weekly with their supervisor and meet monthly as a group for professional development and growth. Peer mentors are evaluated at the end of each semester by their mentees. Finally, peer mentors are expected to record and submit their monthly contact observations by the 7th of each month.

When are peer mentors compensated?

Peer mentors are compensated with a stipend based on how many mentees they are working with. Click here to learn more about the student payroll schedule. Actual dates and compensation will be shared in early fall.

Why become a peer mentor?

Peer mentors benefit from the intrinsic value that comes from helping others. They make a personal connection with new students to overcome practical considerations that faculty and staff cannot meet when connecting with every student. Peer mentors also create cross-level connections across the student body, which can be durable and long-lasting. Lastly, peer mentors establish relationships between new students, faculty, and staff that are oriented towards personal and academic development, without the pressure of being graded.

Participation as a peer mentor in MELT becomes an attractive résumé highlight, demonstrating development and growth in leadership, communication, and crisis intervention skills. Moreover, peer mentors enjoy the fringe benefits of para-professional experience in the field of higher education and student affairs services; free training in specialized areas in the field of higher education and student affairs services; increased understanding and appreciation of different values and lifestyles; and increased skill in creative problem solving.

MELT Newsletters and Pictures

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Students at program eating lunch.

MELT Calendar

Students in MELT program talking on outdoor bench.

Peer Mentor Impact

Peer mentors contributed a combined 211 hours of mentoring in fall 2018.

Professor and student in MELT program having conversation.

Helping First-Year Students Thrive

Peer Mentors completed 131 referrals across campus in fall 2018! Referrals included the Learning Commons, Writing Center, University Counseling Center, and professor's office hours.

Participants

All students enrolled at John Carroll University can participate in the program:

  • Incoming first-year students who participate are known as “mentees.” Mentees become part of the program by registering online at any time throughout the summer or school year.
  • Current sophomore, junior, or senior students who participate are known as “peer mentors.” Peer mentors become part of the program by applying online and completing an interview process. Peer mentors are trained on taking the responsibility of assisting incoming students in their growth and development by providing academic and personal support.

Mentoring

Mentoring is a trusting and helpful relationship between an older and younger individual. The purpose of having a mentoring relationship in college is to assist students with the challenges associated with the first-year college experience.

MELT fosters the creation of trusting and helpful relationships among students across different ages, backgrounds, majors, and experiences. Moreover, MELT strives to positively contribute to the advancement of first-year students by aiding in their academic, emotional, and social adjustments in college. This is achieved by creating a meaningful sense of community through mentee and peer mentor partnerships. Peer mentors build relationships with mentees by sharing their time and knowledge of resources at John Carroll and the greater-Cleveland area.

Timeline

MELT is year-round. Weekly group socials are scheduled to build community among the program’s participants. In addition, peer mentors are expected to meet regularly with mentees, their supervisor, and as a group.

Connecting

Mentors and mentees are required to meet in person once per month. Each peer mentor and mentee negotiate when is best to meet individually. Optional socials and events take place at various times in various places across campus for all participants.

Join the program

Become a Mentee or Peer Mentor Today

MELT fosters the creation of trusting and helpful relationships among students across different ages, backgrounds, majors, and experiences. All are welcome to register for the program.

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