In the H.O.W.L. Transition Program, mentors will be responsible for helping mentees develop social skills, study skills, and assist them in becoming more independent.
Mentor responsibilities include:
- Commit to a mentoring schedule and keep mentoring times open for mentoring.
- Contact the mentee ahead of time if unable to meet due to unforeseen circumstances. It is suggested that mentors and mentees exchange phone numbers for easy contact.
- Provide information and support to mentee when requested. If the mentor doesn’t know the answer to a question, then he or she will help the mentee access resources to find answers. Take initiative when needed.
- Look for opportunities to build on the mentees strengths and interests through extracurricular activities, campus events, organizations, and volunteer or job opportunities.
- Attend college events with mentee to support her/him in the whole college experience.
- Devise a communication plan with the mentees family members (if requested) to keep them up on assignments and homework.
- Honor the mentee’s request for less support – however, notify the mentoring coordinator as well.
- Before attending a class with the mentee, check to see if the instructor has been contacted, and introduce self to the instructor ahead of time.
- When providing support in the classroom, do so in the least intrusive manner. Provide prompting and encouragement as needed.
- Notify the mentoring coordinator as soon as any problems or concerns arise.
- Maintain the confidentiality of the mentee. However, if problems or concerns should arise, the mentor should contact the mentoring coordinator immediately.
To be eligible to become a mentor in the HOWL transition program, you will need to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have been a student at Arkansas State University for at least one year. An eligible candidate must be at least a sophomore. Upon acceptance into the program, mentors will need to complete the mentor training program prior to being assigned a mentee. Mentors will be required to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to remain eligible for the transition program.
How to Apply
To apply, fill out the application on this page. Be sensitive to timelines and due dates. In addition, we require two recommendations. Please select two faculty, staff, etc to fill out the recommendation form. If you have any questions, please email Elizabeth Snow at esnow@AState.edu.