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What is a Peer Mentor? And what are the Benefits?.

on June 19, 2012

What is a Peer Mentor? And what are the Benefits?.

What is a Peer Mentor?:

Peer mentoring programs match older youth with young students in one-on-one relationships to provide guidance for the children. Through this special relationship, peer mentors provide advice and support and serve as role models for younger people who need help. Challenges facing those being mentored include problems with schoolwork; social issues, such as pressure to drink or smoke; family problems or tension; and other typical difficulties of growing up. A peermentor can also simply be someone for a younger student to hang out with.

Mentoring programs, when carefully designed and well run, provide positive influences for younger people who may need a little extra attention or who don’t have a good support system available to them. For example, a young person who has recently lost a parent or close family member or who has experienced neglect or abuse or who simply feels lonely or uncomfortable in large group situations may especially benefit from the support, attention, and kindness of a peer mentor, along with other supports.

What are the Benefits:

While Peer Mentoring can provide valuable support for students at critical points in their student life, it offers a host of other benefits for both mentor and mentee.

Benefits of being a Mentee

  • Gain practical advice, encouragement and support
  • Learn from the experiences of others
  • Increase your social and academic confidence
  • Become more empowered to make decisions
  • Develop your communication, study and personal skills
  • Develop strategies for dealing with both personal and academic issues
  • Identify goals and establish a sense of direction
  • Gain valuable insight into the next stage of your university career
  • Make new friends across year groups

Benefits of being a Mentor

  • Improve communication and personal skills
  • Develop leadership and management qualities
  • Reinforce your own study skills and knowledge of your subject(s)
  • Increase your confidence and motivation
  • Engage in a volunteering opportunity, valued by employers
  • Enhance your CV
  • Increase your circle of friends
  • Gain recognition for your skills and experience
  • Benefit from a sense of fulfilment and personal growth.

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