A Destination Dawgs peer mentor will be a currently enrolled University of Georgia student who volunteers and agrees to appropriately support the Destination Dawg student(s) with whom they are matched with in one or more of these three areas:
- Academic (one-on-one and in class support, library navigation, study partners, etc.)
- Health and Wellness (dining companions, cooking skills, exercise buddy, etc.)
- Social (student club/organization events, social activities, sporting events, community service projects, etc.)
- Building Independence (housekeeping, meal preparation, financial management, etc.)
What is the time commitment of a peer mentor?
Approximately 3 hours of peer mentorship per week over the course of the semester, mandatory pre-service training, completion of feedback forms, voluntary participation in research, ongoing meetings, and participation in relevant workshops when possible.
Peer Mentors can earn course credit hours!
3 course credit hours may be earned each semester by peer mentors enrolled in IHDD 2050S: Principles of Person-Centered Practices (pre-req: IHDD 2001). Course content is on eLC and this course will count toward a UGA Certificate in Disability Studies. See the syllabus for more information on this service-learning course.
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 Destination Dawgs 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 – The UGA Mobile App, LiveSafe app, phone calendar
- Help with time management/weekly schedule (Calendar)
- 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 Program Coordinator and Academic Instructor
- Attend regular meetings with Program Coordinator and fellow mentors
- Coverage of other Destination Dawgs peer mentors in the event of an absence
- Attend an athletic event with and in support of a Destination Dawgs student
- Support student in a Career Exploration in internship placement
- Volunteer with student on campus or in the community
- Other duties as specified
The peer mentor application for Fall 2021 is now open. Contact DestinationDawgs@uga.edu with questions about peer mentoring or how to get involved with Destination Dawgs.