The Peer-2-Peer Mentorship Program (P2P) is a GUTS pilot program intended to support first-year students, second-year students, and transfer students who have started college during the pandemic or who do not have much familiarity with the UW-Madison campus and its resources. Students who participate in this program will be matched with a peer mentor who will meet with them, respond to their questions or concerns, and help them get acclimated to UW-Madison’s campus.
Through this program, upperclassmen mentors will provide guidance to, and be a resource for, first-year students, second-year students, and transfer students. These students most likely were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus the mentor’s role is to help them navigate campus resources and the physical campus, encourage their mentees to get involved in campus life and student organizations, and foster a connection between them and the UW-Madison community.
A couple of benefits for mentors is that this is a great way to build your “Volunteerism” section of your resume, and you can get to know another student, or more, at the university while also creating real, positive impact in their lives.
The time commitment as a mentee for this program is an orientation, to meet at least once per month with their mentee for a reasonable duration as determined by the participants, and an end-of-semester celebration event. Also, participants can meet in any modality that they choose (virtual, in-person, telephone, a combination of those means), as long as it is a mutual agreement.
Note: GUTS will pair mentees with mentors and make periodic check-ins, however this program is quite student-driven–you will get out of it what you put into it. It is the participants’ responsibility to determine additional frequency of meetings, length of meetings, come prepared with specific questions or topics to discuss, and work to build rapport.
Applications for mentors are currently closed for the Fall 2021 semester.
How to Be a Mentor
Step 1: Sign up. Fill out the registration form found on this page.
Step 2: Attend a training session. You will receive an email from SS about the training, including the time and meeting information. Please follow the instructions in the email to sign up for the training. Please keep in mind, P2P is a pilot program; so the entire program, including trainings, are new.
Step 3: Wait to be matched. This is program relies on supply and demand. It may take a couple weeks for you to be matched, but we will try our best to make sure that everyone is able to participate in the program!
Step 4: Wait for contact from your mentees. Once you receive the match email, your mentees will receive the email at the same time. Your mentees are supposed to contact you within 72 hours after the match emails are sent. Please let us know if your tutees do not contact you. When you receive their emails, set up your first meeting and being getting to know each other.