Doing the preparatory reading is an excellent first step to starting a new Peer Networking Program. It is useful to consider:
It may be helpful to talk to some of the experienced Coordinators about their programs, time commitments and workload. The TAS Transition Advisor will meet individually with Coordinators wanting to talk through issues related to setting up programs.
For information on the TAS - Faculty/School Peer Networking partnership model of recruiting and training peer leaders please go to Information for Peer Mentors.
All Coordinators are welcome to attend all or some of the training sessions for new leaders. It is a great way to observe how your potential mentors interact in groups- part of the selection process. New Coordinators are particularly encouraged to attend to observe potential new leaders but also to gain an understanding of the generic training material.
TAS undertakes to do the initial selection of potential peer mentors based on EOI responses matching Faculty/School criteria for their Peer Networking Programs, e.g. minimum GPAs.
Once Coordinators receive the list of students who have expressed an interest in mentoring in their specific programs, it is up to the respective Coordinators to complete the selection process. Possible Questions for Selecting Peer Mentors.
Sample emails for potential and selected student leaders is a resource you may wish to use in organising your selection process, confirming places to the selected peer mentors, and informing unsuccessful applicants of the selection outcome.
Once Coordinators have finalised their selections it is essential to send the Tranasition Advisor a complete list of peer mentors on a spreadsheet which includes: