MÁS/FRESH seeks peer mentors for autumn

mas-freshNIU’s Mentoring for Academic Success/Freshmen Receiving Experience and Study Habits (MÁS/FRESH) peer mentoring program is currently seeking volunteer peer mentors for fall 2016.

The program is designed to provide a welcoming environment and a “home away from home” atmosphere for first-year Latina/o college students by providing social, cultural and academic support.

Mentors will assist Latino freshmen with their transition and adjustment to college life. In addition, the program is focused on creating a sense of belonging and community, as well as encouraging the academic success and social well-being among first-year Latino college students.

Felix Castillo, MÁS/FRESH student coordinator, understands the importance of mentoring and programs focused on supporting first-year Latina/o college students. “The program really helps the incoming freshman transition into college,” Castillo says. “Mentors go above and beyond to make sure that their mentees have all the resources they need in other to succeed.”

Students interested in becoming peer mentors must have completed at least one year at NIU by summer 2016, be in good academic and disciplinary standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5) and have an awareness and appreciation of all forms of diversity. The peer mentor is expected to provide information on NIU services and resources, encourage involvement in student activities and provide academic support.

Latino Resource Center signTwo MÁS/FRESH informational sessions are scheduled:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Latino Resource Center
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 5 to 6 p.m.
    Holmes Student Center, Room 405

Online applications are due Friday, March 11.

For more information, contact Angélica Mendoza at (815) 753-8645 or amendoza7@niu.edu.

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