Become a Next Gen Service Learner!
What a Next Gen Mentor Does
Primary – Acting as a resource for information regarding:
- Academic success (ie: who to see about receiving credit for transfer courses, deciding on a well-fitting major, differences in class structure, study skills);
- Personal development (ie: where to seek help for particular personal issues, receive counseling, and find out about clubs); and
- Financial aid (ie: discussing with them what a FAFSA is, where to find scholarships, and how to fill each out).
Secondary – Acting as an assistant through the college application process:
- Building effective personal statements and resumes/CVs;
- Finding recommenders for letters; and
- One-on-one application assistance.
Tertiary – Acting as a liaison between students and faculty/administration to:
- Identify any sources of discontent or concern in mentees’ lives that would prevent them from being successful; and
- Set mentees in a direction to resolve their concerns and answer their questions.
Who do mentors work with and report to?
- In their role as mentors, UHWO students will work with students in partnering high schools (their mentees), as well as with their college and career counselors.
- They will also correspond with the UHWO Service Learning contact on a periodic basis through reporting and meetings, as well as with professors as required.
- As needed, mentors will interact with mentees’ families (i.e. at a special college informational event).
Receiving course credit for being a peer mentor
i. Next Gen – West O`ahu can be used as a service-learning option if a student is taking a course that offers a service-learning; specific requirements are to be decided and agreed upon by the student and professor for how Next Gen – West O`ahu will be credited to the course.
ii. Alternatively, students may enroll in a “-99 Directed Research” course – this option allows students to receive full course credit through service-learning that is directed and evaluated by a professor. Students will be responsible for finding a professor who will oversee their service project and create a grade-based system to evaluate work. For more information about this option, please contact Todd Jordan: email@example.com.
iii. Students are also welcomed to simply serve as mentors with Next Gen on their own.
è Other forms of compensation
iv. Because Next Gen – West O`ahu’s purpose is to connect service-learning to college access, course credit or credit as part of a course are the primary forms of compensation for student involvement in the program. However, monetary forms of compensation may be considered on an individual basis in the form of work-study and the Students in Service Award.
v. A work-study form of compensation may be considered on an individual basis. Students who have applied for financial aid and who qualify for work-study, may be able to serve as a Next Gen mentor and receive monetary compensation that way. To find out more about UHWO work-study, please contact the Financial Aid office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
vi. If eligible, students may also sign up to receive education awards through Students In Service, which may be used towards either tuition or student loans. For more information about SIS, please visit http://www.studentsinservice.org.