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The Peer2Peer program provides opportunity, whether you want to receive help, refer a student for help, or assist a fellow student.  Here's a look at the ways you can get involved.

 

Offer Help

Peer Advocates

Peer Advocates facilitate weekly Peer Support Groups on campus, focusing on a variety of social and academic topics and provide education on strategies for success. As a Peer Advocate, you listen to and support your peers by allowing a safe space for students to discuss challenges that they face.

WHO THEY ARE

Peer Advocates are enthusiastic and committed students who are prepared to share their lived experiences adjusting to the social and academic setting at Montgomery College with other students in a group setting. Peer Advocates have successfully dealt with the challenges of acclimating to community college culture and can help educate their peers on strategies for success.

In addition, Peer Advocates:

  • Are currently enrolled at Montgomery College
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Have completed at least two semesters

Benefits

As a Peer Advocate, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop communication and group facilitation skills
  • Get topical training experiences (stress management, health and wellness, conflict resolution, etc.)
  • Gain leadership training & work experience
  • Earn biweekly pay for hours served

HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Apply to become a Peer Advocate by submitting the Peer2Peer Application, along with two references. Direct questions to the Peer Advocates Coordinator by email or phone.

Peer Educators

Peer Educators promote safety, awareness, and education to fellow students and the College community. As a Peer Educator, you will facilitate workshops and lead discussions with other students about social issues that impact college students.  Subjects include maintaining healthy relationships, HIV awareness, conflict resolution, stress management, mental health, and understanding consent and sexual assault. 

Who They Are

Peer Educators are skilled communicators who enjoy making presentations before their peers on topics of concern to college students.

In addition, they:

  • Have completed at least one semester (at least 6 credits) at MC
  • Are enrolled for at least six credits for the semester in which they will work as a Peer Educator
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Benefits

Being a Peer Educator offers you the opportunity to:

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Learn about topics relating to mental health, preventing sexual assault, substance/alcohol abuse, and healthy relationships.
  • Get involved on campus and meet fellow students
  • Become a certified peer educator
  • Earn up to $600 per semester

How You Can Make a Difference

Apply to become a Peer Educator by submitting the Peer2Peer Program Application, along with two references.  Send your paperwork to the Peer Educator Coordinator by email, campus mail, or in person.

 

Peer Mentors

As a Peer Mentor, you will help fellow students at Montgomery College.  You get to encourage and support the progress and success of your peers by providing resources, guidance, and a reliable relationship to help them make the most of their college experience.

Who They Are

Peer Mentors are student leaders who can provide one-on-one support and direction about college life inside and outside of the classroom.  They aid mentees by listening to concerns and experiences, providing guidance, suggesting resources, and answering questions.  Peer Mentors are knowledgeable and serve as role models, allies, and advocates for mentees.

In addition, Peer Mentors:

  • Are currently enrolled at Montgomery College
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Have completed at least two semesters and 18 credit hours at Montgomery College

Benefits

Peer Mentors can:

  • Build leadership, communication, problem solving, and other career readiness skills
  • Gain networking opportunities through connecting with an Alumni Mentor
  • Develop skills by attending training workshops
  • Feel fulfilled by giving back to the Montgomery College community
  • Earn a stipend up to $900 per semester

How You Can Make a Difference

Apply to become a Peer Mentor by submitting the Peer2Peer Program Application, along with two references.  Contact the Peer Mentor Coordinator by email or phone.

Once you become a Peer Mentor, you will fill out the Mentor Matching Form to find mentees with whom you may be compatible.

Peer Navigators

Peer Navigators help people find and locate appropriate offices, departments, or other campus destinations. They are highly visible, mobile, and identifiable by Peer Navigator uniforms.

Who They Are

The Peer Navigator is a Montgomery College student who is proficient at providing guidance to others who have questions regarding how to use campus resources and how to find locations on the College campuses.  

In addition, Peer Navigators:

  • Are currently enrolled at Montgomery College
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Have successfully completed at least 2 semesters and at least 12 credit hours at Montgomery College.
  • Exhibit strong interpersonal skills
  • Are energetic, friendly, and approachable
  • Are good at problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Are self-motivated

Benefits

As a Peer Navigator, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Get involved on campus and meet peers
  • Develop career readiness skills through paid training
  • Earn biweekly pay for hours served

How You Can Make a Difference

Complete and submit the Peer2Peer Program Application, including one reference. Send your completed application to the Peer Navigator Coordinator via email, campus mail, or in-person.

 

Get Help

Having a fellow student as a mentor while in college is a great opportunity to connect with other students who can offer support and help you learn more about Montgomery College.

The experience is different than relying on a classmate because your Peer Mentor is trained.

Once you're matched with a Peer Mentor, you can:

  • Establish a reliable relationship with an experienced student
  • Gain a greater connection to the College and be involved on campus
  • Increase knowledge of College resources
  • Access academic support to improve study, organization and time-management skills
  • Improve self-efficacy in abilities as a college student
  • Access opportunities to earn program awards and attend program trips

Learn more about the current Peer Mentors by visiting the Meet the Peer Mentors page.

To learn more about being matched with a Peer Mentor, contact Ms. Tahrea Flemming Mensah.  Her phone number is 240-567-9076.

To be matched with a Peer Mentor:

  • Be a Montgomery College student currently enrolled in or registered for classes.
  • Review, complete, and submit the Peer Mentor Request Form.
  • Attend Mentee Orientation with the Peer Mentoring Coordinator.
  • Meet your Peer Mentor after agreeing to the mentee requirements, expectations and policies at orientation.

Any student at MC could benefit from peer mentoring including students entering MC from high school, transfer students, non-traditional students, international students, and students of any major, gender, race, and ethnicity. After the referral has been made, the student will be contacted with instructions to complete the Peer Mentor Request Form and attend Mentee Orientation. Please note that the referred student must take the initiative to follow up with Peer2Peer staff to complete the necessary steps in obtaining a Peer Mentor.

Student Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled at Montgomery College
  • Willing to commit to weekly contact with a Peer Mentor
  • Desire to set and work towards achieving goals
Refer a student

Frequently  Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about the Peer2Peer program:

Typically, recruitment for students to serve in the Peer2Peer Program is February-April for the fall and October-December for the spring.  Please contact the respective Peer2Peer Coordinator for details.
All peer student leaders have a program training once per semester.  Additionally, they have specific training and meetings with their coordinator based on their position monthly.
MC’s mental health coordinator and professionals from local agencies who work closely with MC students to train Peer Educators.  Each academic year, they receive training on 2-3 topics concerning college students such as mental health, drug use/prevention, healthy relationships, effective communication, and sexual assault awareness. Every fall, Peer Educators are certified through NASPA’s Peer Educator Training Program.
Peer Navigators are “in the know” about College events and know the true meaning of “Raptorspitality”. At the beginning of the semester, they offer assistance at the campus’  Raptor Central.  Throughout the semester, they manage information tables on campus which contain information about upcoming events and activities. Also, Peer Navigators work closely with the Office of Recruitment on Enrollment Days and SOAR Sessions.
All student positions in the Peer2Peer Program are excellent opportunities to get involved, build leadership skills and employment opportunities. If you need assistance in deciding which role suits you, please contact Dr. Benita Rashaw.  Dr. Rashaw will be happy to speak with you further.

Any student at MC including students entering MC from high school, transfer students, non-traditional students (ages 25 and above), international students, students of any major, gender, race, and ethnicity.

The support from mentors help mentees with navigating through college and staying connected to campus. Mentees also gain a sense of belonging at MC, time management and organizational skills in supporting academic success, and a reliable means of support from peers who understand and have insight on the experience of a student at MC.

Mentees and mentors will communicate at least once weekly and meet in-person or virtually at least two times a month which can occur on-campus or in the community. Mentees and mentors will work together to schedule meeting times and locations and decide on best methods of communication. Mentees and mentors are encouraged to participate in program-wide social events and service learning projects.
Students with continued interest in obtaining a Peer Mentor will need to complete the Peer Mentor Request Form which will help the Peer Mentor Coordinator consider various factors when selecting a suitable mentor. This worksheet should ONLY be completed by students serious about having a Peer Mentor. Completing this form is an indication that you are agreeing to be matched and will follow the program requirements for mentees. Program requirements are listed on the Peer Mentor Request Form. Also, the form allows submissions to stand as authorization for the Peer Mentor Coordinator to share the mentee’s email address with the matched Peer Mentor. Give careful consideration to completing this step. Mentees would then attend a Mentee Orientation for more information on expectations, make a commitment, and meet their Peer Mentor.
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