Peer Mentor Program

Students looking to become leaders and guide students enrolled in the TRIO, Restart and EOP programs at SUNY Orange. In this leadership position, mentors will help TRIO, Restart and EOP students adjust to the college environment, make connections on campus and feel empowered to chart their own course to success.

The program matches successful continuing students with new students, connecting them as partners for a semester-long experience. Mentors receive a $500 stipend at the end of the semester after having completed a minimum of 10 recorded contacts with their mentee, as well as all other program requirements. However, it is not just a ‘job’ or an experience: mentoring is a relationship; a journey between the mentor and the mentee on the road to success at college. In helping others, you help yourself along the way too, and gain other positive benefits that enhance your own personal development.

A Peer Mentor Will:

  • Develop transferrable and marketable skills to enhance your professional experience
  • Increase self-awareness and foster personal growth
  • Cultivate leadership, organizational and self-management skills
  • Improve communication and interpersonal skills
  • Expand your professional resume
  • Support student success in a meaningful way
  • Build your network
  • Peer help new students "learn the ropes" of college life by discussing such topics as:
    • Time management and getting organized
    • Communicating with professors
    • Studying Effectively
    • Navigating the campus
    • Registering for classes
    • Balancing academic life with personal responsibilities.

All Mentor applicants should have:

  • Attended SUNY Orange for at least a semester and earned 12 credits.
  • Completed all developmental/remedial courses at the time serving as Peer Mentor
  • A Minimum GPA of 2.25
  • Willingness to make a semester-long commitment to fulfilling the program expectations.
  • Time to engage in mentoring activities and events (as scheduled) and to maintain regular contact with their mentees
  • Desire to foster personal growth in themselves and in others: to develop and reflect on their goals, reach out to others, and to encourage and motivate them to do the same
  • Ability to share ideas and personal experiences effectively and a willingness to serve as a role model
  • Appreciation for diversity and an open-mind when working with others
  • Program expectations:
  • Mentors and mentees ”connect” for a minimum 10 hours during the semester.
  • They meet about once per week in person to “check in” and stay on course, or attend a campus activity together. (Meetings are on your own schedule).
  • They are also in regular contact, and communicate openly each week via email, phone, skype or other social media.
  • Mentors will complete weekly journal logs to chronicle their experiences in the program.
  • Mentors will meet with the Program Coordinator twice each semester: once for their initial interview, and once at mid-semester.


Application Process:

All students interested in becoming a SSI Peer Mentor for the Newburgh Campus must fill out the application, as well as the faculty recommendation form and return it to Alison Fisher, Student Success Specialist, Kaplan 110.

Peer Mentor Appilcation

Faculty Recomendation Form


Contact Alison Fisher, Student Success Specialist, with any questions 845-341-9650.