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Peer Mentoring Program

What is Peer Mentoring?

Starting college can be an overwhelming experience. From learning simpler things like finding your way around, or where to go for help; to discovering ways to balance classwork, home, job and figuring out which student organizations or experiences to be a part of; or, even choosing a major – it’s a big adjustment! It is a lot to learn, plan and keep track of!

To alleviate much of the confusion when transitioning to college, the Peer Mentoring Program at BMCC helps new students adjust to the college environment, make connections on campus and feel empowered to chart their own course to success. The program matches successful continuing students with new students, connecting them as partners for a semester-long experience.

Program Overview

The Peer Mentor program, simply put, is students helping students in a purposeful way. Current students who are looking for an empowering interpersonal leadership experience and who meet the program criteria are encourage to apply to become Mentors. BMCC’s Peer Mentors are committed to sharing their own experiences to motivate others, help them grow, set goals and become successful.

Benefits of being a Peer Mentor

Mentoring can either be a paid or volunteer position in the Peer Mentor Program. However, it is not just a ‘job’ or an experience: mentoring is a relationship; a journey between the mentor and the mentee on the road to success at college. The more you give in helping others grow and reach their goals, the more you can receive back from the experience. In helping others, you help yourself along the way too, and gain other positive benefits that enhance your own personal development. As a Peer Mentor, you will:

Would this program be a good fit for me?

BMCC’s Peer Mentors are students who have already mastered college life at BMCC by being are successful students, active leaders, and engaged citizens in our campus community. If this description sounds like you, read on and find out more!

Who are BMCC’s ‘Mentors’?

Peer mentors are not tutors, counselors or advisers, but they can guide students to the appropriate resources on campus. Mentors provide information, support and guidance to new students (mentees) while they work toward achieving their college goals. All the mentors in the Peer Mentor Program are specially trained to be effective resource people, with good communication and leadership skills and the ability to promote positive academic behaviors and life skills. They:

New students who opt into the program (Mentees) are matched with a compatible mentor based upon a brief questionnaire. Mentees and mentors are matched for a semester-long experience. Peer mentors also attend and help facilitate events that foster community building, leadership & academic success. They help new students "learn the ropes" of college life by discussing such topics as:

Program Criteria:

All Mentor applicants should have:

Program expectations:

Sign up now:

If you want to be Part of the Peer Mentoring Program, visit our website and complete the application: or contact the program coordinator, Denise DellaPorta at (212)220-8000 x5581,

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