TAP Peer Mentor
As a component of Transition Autism Program (TAP), we are offering the opportunity to Harper students to mentor a student on the Autism Spectrum who will be attending Harper classes. The mentor will draw upon his/her own experiences as a student at Harper to provide support and encouragement to the incoming freshman.
To apply to be a TAP Mentor, please download the Mentor Application, then fax to 847.925.6267, or mail to Access and Disability Services at 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067-7398, or drop it off in the ADS office, Building I, Room I-103.
- Serve as an energetic and enthusiastic volunteer to help first-year students on the Autism Spectrum succeed at Harper
- Develop and maintain relationships with and provide assistance and support for first-year students (focus on a smooth transition, acclimation and a sense of belonging)
- Serve as a resource for students new to the College
- Participate in training, programs and activities
- Attend Peer Mentor trainings and monthly mentor/mentee sessions
- Serve as a positive role model
- Be in good academic and social standing
- Be willing to learn and share information about the Harper College community, student life and campus resources
- Demonstrate good interpersonal and communication skills
- Have a genuine desire to help their peers succeed
- Demonstrate leadership potential
- Be self-motivated with a positive attitude
- Display a willingness to learn about different cultures
Peer mentors have the opportunity to:
- Build close relationships with new students
- Develop leadership skills
- Guide new students through their first year
- Enhance your own social skills and confidence
- Improve your resume
Adapted from the Iowa State University Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Multicultural Leadership Learning Community, http://www.dso.iastate.edu/msa/learningcommunities/gen10
The Role of a Peer Mentor
- A knowledgeable guide for new students.
- A thoughtful facilitator who provides access to people and resources.
- A role model and advocate.
- Participation in a 1/2 day training and 1/2 day “meet and greet” session.
- Participation in ongoing in-service trainings each semester.
Mentor and Educator:
- Maintain regular contact with new students.
- Work both independently and as part of a team with fellow Peer Mentors.
- Attend and participate in all training sessions and group meetings.
- Understand and abide by all Harper College policies.
- Serve as a positive social and academic role model.
- Educate new students about various resources and student services available at Harper.
- Maintain confidentiality with any shared information.
- Coordinate and facilitate social and educational programs as desired or needed.
- Participate in formal evaluations and assessments of the program.
- Meet individually with the ADS staff.
- Participate in and complete all other tasks deemed necessary by the Project TAP staff.
For more information, contact Project TAP at firstname.lastname@example.org