Urban Male Initiative's Peer Advocates Mentoring Program is to empower men of color at John Jay College of Criminal Justice while creating a meaningful college experience. The UMI Peer Advocates have the desire to improve academic performance, retention and the graduation rates of male students of color. Through participation in mentoring activities and support programs, mentors encourage academic excellence, self-esteem, and personal growth. Advocates are expected to meet with their assigned mentees at least three times a month on campus during the academic school year. This position requires a nine-month commitment during the fall and spring semesters. Advocates will seek to gain a better understanding of their mentees' strengths and weaknesses while facilitating activities towards their success. Some outcomes for mentees include increased self-knowledge and improved self-esteem in social, academic and professional settings and retention through graduation from John Jay College.
Our expectations are to meet with mentees at least three times a month on campus and to complete a set of written supplemental questions for self-reflection during the academic year. Advocates will seek to gain a better understanding of their mentees’ strengths and weaknesses while facilitating activities towards their success. At the end of the completion, we hope that mentees have a deeper self-knowledge and improved self-esteem in social, academic, and professional settings and retention through graduation from John Jay College.
-At least junior level (60 credits or more)
-Must be a full-time student in good academic standing (cumulative 3.0 GPA or above preferred)
-Be able to build constructive and positive relationships
-Have strong interpersonal and communications skills
-Possess the ability to effectively engage with peers, students, parents, faculty and staff
-Possess the ability to demonstrate good judgment and ethical behavior
-Have the desire to assist students in transitioning to college and persist
-Demonstrate organizational and time management skills
-Be sensitive to people of different educational, economic, cultural and racial backgrounds
-A two (2) semester commitment is required (August 2016-June 2017) at 20 hours per month.
-Attend staff meetings a minimum of five (5) academic events throughout the year.
-Assist with all recruitment events throughout the year.
-Compensation a total of $1,000.00 in stipend funds divided into $500 per semester
Current advocates who wish to reapply must submit an application.
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