Support

Peer Mentors

Each week a peer mentor participates in the Country Roads program.

A Country Roads Peer Mentor will be a currently enrolled WVU student who volunteers and agrees to appropriately support the program and students.

What is the time commitment of a peer mentor?

This depends on the student’s availability, interest, and anticipated growth of the program. At minimum, we ask that the peer attend at least one group session with the students and Peer Mentor Faculty (typically on Fridays from 10A-11A). If the peer is interested, they could be paired up with one of the Country Roads students to work on skills and activities on an individual basis.

What does a peer mentor do?

The experience of a peer mentor is varied! Below are examples of how a qualified peer mentor might interact with a Country Roads student:

  • Campus navigation training and experience with students (riding the bus, learning their schedule on campus)
  • Travel training experience with students (riding the bus, navigating campus)
  • Assist with organization of everyday logistics – phone calendar, campus life
  • Encourage healthy eating choices and work on money-handling skills and working within a set budget
  • Support with understanding the social environment, pertinent social skills, conversational boundaries, etc.
  • Relay all communication about student progress and in-class specifics to Peer Mentor coordinator
  • Attend regular meetings with Program Coordinator and fellow mentors
  • Attend an athletic event with and in support of a Country Roads student
  • Support student in a Career Exploration in internship placement
  • Volunteer with student on campus or in the community
  • Assist faculty in re-enforcing key concepts and practicing skills taught to the students during the weekly classes
  • Other duties as specified

Peer mentors may be able to use time toward internship, practicum, or other training or service hours. To get involved, email Courtney Lanham at celanham@hsc.wvu.edu.