Peer Mentor Practices: Training, Facilitation & Programming

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Help peer mentors facilitate key connection points that can enhance students’ sense of belonging, purpose and persistence to graduation.

During these times when student needs are high and staffing is limited, peer mentors are stepping in to assist students in areas from orientation to first-generation programs, career exploration, student conduct, wellness, counseling and many others. Their impact can be great, providing students in the post-pandemic era with critical connection points that can positively impact retention. Yet, these student leaders need quality training to get there.

Develop strong, confident peer mentors with the 120+ page Peer Mentor Practices: Training, Facilitation and Programming guide.

Use the comprehensive training tools inside this guide to prepare your peer mentors to take on multiple situations, facilitate difficult conversations, program insightfully and have a positive impact on students’ well-being. Your peer mentor program will be more meaningful, tuned in and successful as a result.

Topics Covered

Equip peer mentors with the tools they need to address students’ needs with competence and care. It covers topics such as:

  • Helping students gain points of campus connection and belonging
  • Destigmatizing help-seeking behaviors
  • Combining the role of coach into peer mentor positions — and the pillars of coaching success
  • Working effectively with marginalized students
  • Addressing cultural and identity-based training areas such as implicit bias, inclusivity, pronoun usage, understanding personal biases, privilege, identity and more
  • Filling in the gaps when students arrive on campus without sufficient executive function or studentship skills to be successful
  • Offering check-ins with someone also living the student experience
  • Identifying supports and resources on and off campus
  • Having more seasoned mentors serve as captains/leaders
  • Providing ideas for initial mentor/mentee meetings
  • Empowering questions to shift student conversations from transactional to transformational
  • Keeping good notes after mentor/mentee sessions to track important details
  • Supporting peer mentors on the frontlines and keeping their well-being top of mind
  • Appreciating and valuing peers through professional development and recognition efforts
  • Embedding cultural competence into selection and training practices
  • Identifying goals and expectations
  • Addressing training and programmatic logistics
  • Leveraging technology
  • Developing peers who can model the way and address issues such as the value of a college degree, the “whys” of higher ed, how to make up for the pandemic years and more

Plus, we’ll offer multiple best practice examples from a wide variety of campuses to illustrate points and offer ideas that work!

    What’s Included

    Create peer mentor possibilities for needed student programming without putting additional strain on professional staff members. 

    This 120+ page guide offers multiple fact sheets, best practices, discussion points, case studies, resources, activities, infographics and more to help you develop the most effective peer mentor programs and practices.

    Plus, your purchase also includes a site license to share with your staff and campus community!

    Two Versions to Choose From

    1. Printed with Digital Download and Online Access – includes a printed copy of this resource as well as digital access to the enclosed materials and accompanying license to share with your campus community.  Price includes $9 shipping fee.

    2. Digital Download and Online Access Only – includes digital access to this resource and accompanying license to share with your campus community.

    Upon purchase, the instructions for accessing this resource will be immediately available for download. For questions, email

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