Peer Mentoring Program

The peer mentoring program at Westmont College is designed to help students with disabilities make a smooth transition personally, socially and academically from high school into the college setting. Incoming students are paired with more senior students for one academic year. During this year they hang out together 2-4 times per month doing a variety of things (e.g. going out to coffee, a movie, hiking local trails, bowling, going to the beach). These activities are fully funded by our office (the student pays nothing!) and are designed to help the mentee get to know local Santa Barbara resources. In addition to being a fun free way to get away from the campus for a while, the meeting times also have a three fold purpose:

· For the mentor to help their student with any struggles they have with time management, stress management, and priority setting.

· For the mentor to serve as a coach and an accountability partner in developing plans for academic success.

· For the mentor to help the student become familiar with the people and offices available at the college that will help in their continued success.

The number of times you meet per month, as well as the activities, times and days are completely up to the student and the mentor to schedule, and will continue during the students first year on campus.