Program OverviewThe First Year Mentor Program is committed to strengthening the first year experience through provision and fostering of a meaningful connection with an academically successful mentor and commited mentor. The mentor relationships will increase first-year participation in student life, exposure to student leadership, and academic success. The mentoring program pairs first-year students with returning students to assist, connect, and increase retention rates for students from the first year to the second year. The First Year Mentor Program will provide a greater sense of individual agency, as well as affiliation with the diverse and inclusive community at SOU.
How do I join the program?
Please visit your respective tab "Mentor" or "Mentee" on the bar at the top of the website.
A mentee is a student who is new to SOU, whether they are new to college, a transfer student, a veteran, or anything in between. The only requirement is that it is the student's first year at SOU. The application to become a mentee is available on your mentee tab.
A mentor is a student who has succeeded in at least one academic year at SOU and is interested in helping other students succeed as well. The application to become a mentor is available on your tab.
- First Year Student Retention - First year students participating in the FYMP will retain to their second year at a greater rate than their peers.
- Mentor provides support - By the end of the academic year, mentees will report that they Agree or Strongly Agree that their mentor provides support and makes them feel as though they belong at SOU.
- Co-curricular activities - By the end of the academic year, mentees will report participating in co-curricular activities on a regular basis.
First Year Mentor Program
Sours Student Leadership Center, SU 308