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Mentoring Information

What does a Peer Mentor do (Job Description)?

Peer mentors encourage first-year students to take charge of their college experience and to be proactive in overcoming obstacles to their success. Peer mentors are role models for first-year students.  They may also alert staff members to serious problems for which intervention may be necessary.

Peer Mentors need to commit approximately 6-8  hours a week to their mentoring position, so we do not recommend having another job that requires more than 10-15 hours/week.  Specific responsibilities are:

  • Communicate with your 10 mentees prior to the TLC Welcome Breakfast
  • Participate and assist with activities for the Thompson Learning Community. (Attendance at a minimum of one TLC program a month is required).
  • Advocate the participation of Thompson Learning Community Members in academic and social programs
  • Be visible in the TLC office by spending a minimum of 3 hours a week at the  TLC front desk
  • Spend time with your mentee(s) during informal or casual encounters.
  • Meet with individual mentees monthly for "15 minute meetings"
  • Attend campus events with community members.
  • Connect & refer learning community members to resources on the UNO campus.
  • Promote UNO opportunities to learning community members.
  • Meet biweekly with your TLC staff teaching partner
  • Meet monthly with a Lead Peer Mentor
  • Track interactions with Mentees into an online form.
  • Report concerns about learning community members to TLC staff.
  • Attend and bring mentees to the monthly "TLC Mentor/Mentee Dinners" scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 11th, Oct. 9th, Nov.  13th, Feb. 12th, March 12th, and April 9th from 5-8pm
  • Attend and co-facilitate Academic Success Seminars weekly during the fall semester.  Seminar time options are: Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday at 9:00a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 1:00 p.m


    What's in it for me?

    • You'll have the great feeling of knowing you've helped first-year TLC students!
    • You will gain program planning, group facilitation, and leadership experience.
    • Additionally, you'll receive pay for your services during the 2013-2014 academic year. ($7.25 per hour for 4 hours per week for teaching time, office hours, and program planning).
      • If you are not eligible to work in the U.S. and are interested in applying, see Sarah Murphy in the TLC office.


    Who is eligible to participate?

    • Must be a current TLC student
    • GPA requirement:  2.5 - must be maintained during the academic year
    • Commitment to helping new students transition to UNO


    Dates you must be available:

    • Friday, April 19th from 1-4:30pm (Spring training)
    • Saturday, June 1st OR Friday, June 7th  from 7:30am-5pm (TLC Orientation date)
    • Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd  (for overnight Peer Mentor training retreat)
    • Monday, August 19th and Wednesday, August 21st  from 7:30am-2:00pm (TLC Welcome Breakfast)
    • A 2-4 hour time commitment assisting the TLC office prepare for welcome events in August
    • Friday, January 10th from 9:00am-5:00pm (spring Peer Mentor training retreat)
    • Sunday, Sept. 8th, Oct. 6th, Nov.  10th, Feb. 9th, March 9th, and April 6th from 7-9pm (monthly Peer Mentor meetings)