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Peer Mentoring

The Peer Mentor Project matches first-time students with experienced students, who serve as positive role models. The project is focused on helping first-generation and disproportionately impacted students.

Currently, the Peer Mentor Project supports students in the First Year Experience Program.

    Benefits for Mentees

    • Add a highly motivated peer student to your support system
    • Get help navigating critical learning resources
    • Build your self-esteem
    • Enhance your self-motivation, self-discipline, and goal-setting
    • Discuss strategies on how to balance life and school from a peer who faced and overcame similar challenges
    • Participate in activities designed to develop you as an incoming freshman

    Benefits for Mentors

    • Share your experience and how you achieved academic success at Cosumnes River College
    • Enhance your self-awareness
    • Share educational, leadership, career, and learning goals
    • Inspire your mentee as they adjust to life as a college student
    • Enhance your own career marketability through leadership experience
    • Create a stronger sense of connection and belonging amongst the Cosumnes River College community
    • Make a difference in the life of incoming first-time students

    Become a Mentor


    What is a mentor?

    Mentors are experienced students who have a genuine interest in the educational and personal advancement of their fellow students. They function as coaches, friends, and positive role models.

    What is a mentee?

    A mentee is a new, first-time college student who can benefit from the guidance and support of a more experienced peer student.

    What is mentoring?

    Mentoring consists of focused and selected activities with a mentor and mentee that enhance and enrich a mentee's opportunities to successfully persist at Cosumnes River College through goal attainment and graduation. Mentoring activities link mentees with dedicated mentors who will listen, understand, negotiate, and encourage students to utilize all resources available to achieve academic success.

    Should I have a mentor?

    Peer Mentoring is recommended for:

    • First semester students who experienced academic challenges during high school
    • Students concerned about their transition to a college environment
    • Students who are genuinely interested in learning techniques and approaches to being a successful student

    The project is designed for participants to have fun learning! Various activities are planned throughout the semester to allow mentors to constructively interact with their mentees.

    Vision and Mission

    Our vision is to:

    • Cultivate dynamic relationships between mentees and mentors
    • Increase first-time freshmen involvement, retention, and confidence at CRC by providing a supportive system
    • Present mentees with leadership opportunities
    • Offer mentees an opportunity to explore the resources and activities provided at CRC
    • Give mentees an opportunity to give back to future students as future Peer Mentors

    Our mission is to:

    • Provide mentees an instant connection with a peer mentor
    • Offer a complete picture of campus life at CRC
    • Provide support and opportunities to be successful at CRC and beyond


    Jennifer Nishizaki-Ngo
    (916) 691-7268


    Library, 125A