First To Soar Peer Mentor Program

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The First To Soar Peer Mentor Program provide peer mentors to first-gen students at Seattle University.

A mentor is an experienced first-gen upper-class student at SU who will mentor a small group of first and second-year students. Mentors are committed to supporting the holistic development of our first-gen students and preparing them for a successful transition to college. Mentors will help students succeed by sharing their personal stories and experiences, as well as challenging the student to think more critically and have an increased level of self-awareness. A mentor should serve as a coach, advocate, and role model for their mentee.


Peer Mentor Requirements

In order to be a First To Soar Mentor you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a first-gen student and currently enrolled as a full-time student at SU
  • Be a Junior, Senior, or Graduate student for 2018-2019 Academic Year
  • Possess a GPA of 2.5 or higher (cumulative and previous term)
  • Be able to commit to a full academic year
  • Good standing with the Office of Integrity Formation
  • Be willing to support and offer their experiences in order to aid new students in their transition to college
  • Demonstrates strong leadership and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge or interest in helping create a campus environment that celebrates diversity
  • Ability to motivate peers
  • Understanding of campus issues for diverse student populations
  • Must be able to attend all leadership trainings (Dates TBD) 


Time Commitment

A First To Soar Mentor is a volunteer experience and we recognize the demanding workload many first-gen upper-class students have. We estimate that the time commitment will be around 4 hours a quarter.

  • Participate in training (online and in person) throughout the year
  • Meet once a month in person (20-30 minutes) to discuss topics for that month
  • Check-in virtually (e-mail, text, etc.) with your mentee once a week
  • Attend a quarterly meet up with all mentors & mentees

Mentors will have anywhere from 3-5 mentees for the academic year. While these are the minimum requirements, mentors are welcomed to meet more with their mentee if they wish.