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Become a Foundations Mentor


Serving as a Success Mentor is a valuable form of service that directly impacts the University community. By providing your time, energy and knowledge about college life both inside and outside the classroom, you contribute enormously to the success of the entering class by helping them become acclimated and integrated into the University community! The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for new students to connect with mentors & classroom co-facilitators who are knowledgeable about UNH and can support them in their transition to UNH.

How to Become a Foundations Mentor


Step 1: Submit an application to the FYSC 

Applications are due back in hard copy to the First-Year Success Center (Maxcy Hall 106) by Tuesday, March 4th at 12 Noon

You can select the appropriate application below:

Returning Mentors/Captains

New Applicants

Step 2: Interview for the position

Students whose applications stand out will be invited for an individual interview.  During this interview we will ask you more specific questions pertaining to your experiences and skills that will contribute to our center and the role of Foundations Mentor.

Step 3: Welcome to the First-Year Success Center Family! 

As a new member of the family, we’ll make sure that you have the training you need to be successful!

  • Attend all training dates
  • Attend an End-of-Summer Retreat 


2014 Program Information

  1. Benefits

    • Communication & facilitation skills
    • Transferable skills & professional development
    • Personal leadership styles & strengths
    • Positive relationships with students, staff, & faculty
    • Increased self-esteem, self-confidence, self-efficacy with respect to influencing others in a positive way
    • Gain awareness of diverse backgrounds within our UNH community and stand as role models for change
    • $250 stipend
    • Co-instruction & mentor experience
      • Mentor Role

        I.  Mentorship

        1. a.       It is the goal of each Mentor to facilitate the successful transition of First-Year Students into the UNH community that fosters both social and academic growth, and a strong familiarization with on-campus resources. Mentors achieve these goals by being active listeners, experts in on-campus resources, strong public speakers, and being dedicated to transparent communication.


        1. b.      Mentors will co-instruct a Foundations FE course alongside a UNH Faculty/Staff member and engage in lesson planning and facilitation of the course material. The students of the FE course are considered to be Mentees, to which each Mentor is to be responsible for maintaining this Mentor-Mentee relationship throughout the course of the class. Mentorship is a life-long experience, and we encourage communication and engagement even after the course has ended. Active Mentorship should consist of Mentors being available both in and outside of the classroom in a manner that allows for one-on-one meetings, accompanied attendance at Foundations events, and being consistently available through phone and email.


        1. c.       It is the responsibility of each Mentor to engage in group and one-on-one meetings with their assigned Foundations Team Leader in order to discuss the progress, questions, concerns, and needs of his/her Mentee caseload. It may be appropriate to submit report summaries given the collaboration agreement amongst Mentors and their Team Leader.

        II. Active Support

        1. a.       Mentors are responsible for actively supporting Team Leaders by publicizing each Foundations event to their assigned Mentees. Publicity of each event should be delivered to each Mentee through email, FaceBook, digital and hard copy flyers. This responsibility is very crucial to the success of our program, and requires Mentors to collaborate with Foundations Team Leaders to ensure that Mentees are informed and participating in our events. A Mentor should receive an event flyer at least 1.5 weeks before a scheduled event. It may be appropriate for a Team Leader to also ask for assistance from the Mentor in designing and implementing an event.


        1. b.      Mentors are expected to attend and participate in Monthly Program Staff Meetings that are facilitated by the Program Coordinator and Team Leaders. Attendance and participation is required, as it allows an opportunity for Mentors to voice their needs, interests, and recommendations for the program. By advocating for needs at all levels, these data gathered can increase the relevancy of our program.   


        *This is a 1-year long paid position that is supported by a stipend and does not function as an hourly wage. 


            • Team Leader

              I.  Supervision

              1. a.       Supervise a group of 6-7 Foundations Mentors and act as a supportive role model who is invested in the success of each Mentor and creates an environment in which Mentors can develop professionally. Team Leaders will meet consistently with their assigned Mentors to engage in-group and individual check-ins to monitor and voice concerns facing mentorship with First-Year Students. The Team Leader will report to the Program Coordinator identified trends in the mentee population for recommendations of program improvement.  Team Leaders bridge the voice of both mentors and mentees to the Program Coordinator and Director of the First Year Success Center.


              1. b.      Team Leaders will be expected to assist the Program Coordinator in the facilitation of Monthly Program Staff Meetings, in which all staff members attend to discuss questions, concerns, and identify trends of the population we serve. Specifically, Team Leaders will report on common concerns and illicit recommendations from the entire group.

              II. Event Programming

              1. a.       Team Leaders are primarily responsible for the design and implementation of Monthly Foundations Events, in which they are to be supported by the Program Coordinator and their fellow Team Leaders. Collaboration is crucial in implementing event programming, which is why at times, it may be appropriate for the Team Leader to seek assistance from his/her assigned mentor group, i.e. assistance with publicity, attendance, etc. Events should occur on a monthly basis, follow the FYSC budgeting recommendations, and should be tailored to the needs and interests of First-Year Students.
              2. b.      Team Leaders are primarily responsible for the publicity of each event, including both digital and hard copy flyers, publicizing the event on the Foundations Facebook, and through the Office of Student Activities. It is crucial that Team Leaders engage in publicity at least 1.5 weeks before an event, and provide a digital flyer to each Mentor to be distributed to their Mentees immediately. Without efficient and thoughtful publicity, our event programming efforts will fail.

              III. Active Support

              1. a.       Team Leaders are dedicated to supporting the Program Coordinator in terms of serving as the eyes & ears of the organization in order to genuinely advocate for the needs and interests of Mentors and Mentees. Team Leaders’ feedback and recommendations to the Program Coordinator will serve as a major contributor to the evaluation and re-adjustment of the program.   


              *This is a 1-year long paid position that is supported by a stipend and does not function as an hourly wage. 

            1. Important Dates 2014

              Feb 18- Application Available

              Mar 4 @ 12PM- APPLICATION DUE in FYSC

              Mar 10-14- Interviews

              Mar 24- Hiring Invitations Issued

              Mar 28- Deadline to accept position