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Peer Mentor Programme

The programme aims to provide assistance to freshmen (mentees) for adjustment and to cultivate peer support on campus.  Each freshman will be assigned a peer mentor from senior classes of the same faculty/course of study.

Being a Peer MentorBeing a Mentee

Peer Mentor Programme

 

Application Form

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Being a Peer Mentor

Peer mentors are volunteers to provide assistance to a group of freshmen from early August to the end of September.  You need to complete a series of training activities before starting your peer-mentoring.


Important Dates

By Apr 18

Application and Deadline

Complete and return the application form to your Faculty (broad-based Year 1) or Department (Programme-based and Year 2 or 3 students)

  Peer Mentor Training Day *
Aug 10, afternoon For Peer Mentors serving local freshmen
Aug 19, afternoon For Peer Mentors serving non-local freshmen
  University Life Orientation Workshop *
Aug 15, afternoon

For ARTS, COMM, SCI, SCM local freshmen

Aug 16, afternoon

For AVA, BUS, SOSC local freshmen

Aug 23, afternoon

For non-local freshmen

Mid-Aug - Sep

Caring Action

Provide support and advice to freshmen through different means (such as gatherings, phone calls, email, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc). At least 2 contacts should be made with each freshman to follow up on their further needs.

* Those who are absent on the Training Day and the University Life Orientation Workshop will be disqualified to be Peer Mentors.

What you will achieve …

1. Make friends with freshmen and enlarge you networks
2. Enhance some essential transferable skills, such as communication skills, problem solving skills and leadership skills
3. Make a difference in others’ lives by sharing your knowledge and experience, passing on tips to freshmen

What your responsibilities are …

1. Serve as group leaders and provide logistic support in the University Life Orientation Workshop
2. Follow up on the adjustment of your mentees
  a.  providing practical information about your faculty and the University activities and resources
  b.  directing students to resources and support services on campus
  c.  sharing your experiences in learning or participating in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
  d.  being available to answer questions regarding orientation and adjustment

Tips for being a great mentor

1. Keep closely in touch with your mentees in person, by phone, e-mail and/or social media
2. You may arrange gathering with your mentees.  Options include: meet for a coffee, go shopping, show them around campus, exercise together, play a ball game, etc.  Through the gathering, you may know more about your mentees' need and provide support
3. Be proactive and offer support for academic or personal issues. You may also need to encourage your mentees to be proactive
4. Listen attentively to understand your mentees and provide constructive feedback
5. Be approachable, open-minded and empathetic
6. Instead of doing things for the mentees, give them some advice and allow them to work things out by themselves
7. Contact your peer mentor staff advisor when you need assistance or some advice

Want to be a Peer Mentor?

The 2019-20 Peer Mentor recruitment is in progress. Please click here for application.

Being a Mentee

Each freshman is matched with a mentor of the same faculty/course of study for better transition.  You will be led by a peer mentor to participate in the University Life Orientation Workshop.  Mentoring provides you, as a new student, with an immediate support system and information source.  As a result, you can be more well-informed about campus resources and activities, build peer networks faster and adjust to university life sooner.


What you will gain …

1. Connect with your classmates and widen peer networks
2. Get extensive information about campus resources and activities
3. Receive wisdom and advice from senior students, while you have the freedom to make own decisions
4. Have someone to care about you and to discuss your problems or concerns

What your responsibilities are …

Actively participate in the programme, for example, you may
1. Discuss your concerns with your mentor and share with your mentor both on your great or small success
2. Suggest activities for promoting mentor-mentee relationships and actively participate in the agreed activities

Tips for being a great mentee

1. Take initiatives in keeping close contact with your mentor
2. Take initiatives in recognizing your need for mentoring and explaining to your mentor what you are looking for. Do not hesitate to contact your mentor when you need advice, even if you think they might be silly.
3. Make it a priority to meet with your mentor and be punctual to the gatherings
4. Gather information and advice from your peer mentors or other available channels and find the most suitable solution for yourself. Do not expect mentors to solve your problem.

Want to connect with a Peer Mentor?

Each 2019-20 freshman will be matched with Peer Mentor in the University Life Orientation Workshop organised by Office of Student Affairs on Aug 15, 16 or 23, 2019.

For enquiry, please contact us by 3411 7435 or cdc@hkbu.edu.hk.