Program Criteria and Expectations

Program Criteria

All Mentor applicants should have:

  • Attended BMCC for at least a semester and earned 12 BMCC credits
  • Completed all developmental/remedial courses at the time serving as Peer Mentor
  • A Minimum BMCC GPA of 3.0
  • Willingness to make a semester-long commitment to fulfilling the program expectations.
  • Time to engage in mentoring activities and events (as scheduled) and to maintain regular contact with their mentees
  • Desire to foster personal growth in themselves and in others: to develop and reflect on their goals, reach out to others, and to encourage and motivate them to do the same
  • Ability to share ideas and personal experiences effectively and a willingness to serve as a role model
  • Appreciation for diversity and an open-mind when working with others

Program Expectations

  • Mentors and mentees will attend at least one program event per month to remain active in the program.
  • Mentors and mentees ”connect” for a minimum of two hours per week (as scheduled in their own time):
    • They meet once a week in person to “check in” and stay on course, or attend a campus activity together. (Meetings are on your own schedule).
    • They are also in regular contact, and communicate openly each week via email, phone, Skype or other social media.
  • Mentors will complete weekly journal logs to chronicle their experiences in the program.
  • Mentors will meet with the Program Coordinator twice each semester: once for their initial interview, and once at mid-semester.
  • Mentors must attend all training sessions and the first meeting of the semester with their mentee- the keynote event, which is usually held the first week of classes.
  • Mentors must also assist at three GPS (Getting Prepared to Start) days for new students each registration cycle, as their individual schedule permits.

Peer Mentoring Program

199 Chambers Street, Room S-136H
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8000
Email: peermentoring@bmcc.cuny.edu