Students Providing Access, Resources, and Knowledge (S.P.A.R.K.)
The primary objective of the S.P.A.R.K. peer mentoring program is to contribute to the advancement of first year students by aiding in their academic, emotional, and social adjustments to college.
The program strives to help students ease the transition between high school and college by providing an experienced peer mentor to connect with on campus.
We also provide recreational (such as Welcome to GCC BBQ), and academic activities (such as a study skills workshop ,etc.) to enhance the students’ first year experience and to ensure they remain in school and do well. We try to address the obstacles of a first-time student so that they can be successful in their pursuit of higher education. Our limited initial results show this is working and has a positive impact on new students.
We are currently recruiting GCC students to serve as mentors. Mentors must:
Complete a mentoring application;
Have a minimum 2.0 GPA;
Be in their second year at GCC (or at minimum completing their second semester at GCC as of Spring 2013);
Be willing to establish a positive, personal relationship with mentees;
Be willing to help mentee to further develop their academic and life skills;
Be enthusiastic in assisting mentees to access GCC’s academic and student services resources as well as community resources; and
Be encouraging and inspiring in order to get mentees involved in campus life.
Applications are due to the Center for Student Involvement (SM 267) or Student Outreach Services (SM 266) offices by May 30, 2013. Training for the program will be provided early in the summer.
This is a great on-campus service activity for student organizations and individuals!
Student referrals can be directed to Armineh Gourgian (email@example.com, ext. 5384), Cristal Montes (firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 5580), or Hoover Zariani (email@example.com, ext. 5789)
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org as well.