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Become a LEAP mentor

The LEAP Mentor application deadline has passed for Summer 2014.

Become a Mentor for the LEAP program!

What's LEAP?

LEAP's an academic program designed to give first-year students an academic and personal edge at Penn State. Over 1,200 students will have a small college experience while taking classes and living as a community in the same residence hall, and YOU can be a part of that. The LEAP program runs during the second six-week summer session every year, from late June to early August. (For actual dates see the Registrar's Calendar.)

So what's a Mentor?

You! An undergrad that acts as an academic coach and role model for new first-year students. You'll help them learn how to succeed at Penn State, working with them to figure out the library, computers and time management. You'll also get a chance to help them learn teamwork, polish up their academic skills, and make friends. Finally, you'll get a chance to work with faculty on designing the linked courses the first-year students will experience. To help you feel a part of the LEAP program, you'll live in a single room in the same residence area as the LEAP students. Mentors can register for up to 4 credits or work up to 10 hours per week in an outside job while they are mentors.

Consider being a mentor!

If this opportunity sounds good to you, make plans to apply for a LEAP mentor position for next summer. Applications are accepted in the fall of each year for the summer of the next year. See below for more information. Email if you have questions.

So what's in it for you?

* 665 bucks
* A great experience (especially for your resume)
* A chance to work with faculty (and maybe get some recommendation letters)
* Free single room in a residence hall and a summer board plan

So what qualifications do I need?

* Successful completion of at least 24 University credits at the end of spring semester
* Completion of several training sessions during spring semester after spring break
* A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
* Strong computer skills and knowledge of library research techniques
* An interest in collaborative learning and teamwork
* Good conduct standing with the University

So how do you apply?

Simple! Submit a complete LEAP Mentor Application 2014 online by Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:59 pm. Please review the LEAP Mentor Agreement 2014 before applying.

To be eligible for the position you must attend a LEAP Mentor Information Session on one of the following dates:

Tuesday, October 22 - 4:00 pm in 201 Wagner

Wednesday, October 30 - 6:00 pm in 206 Wagner

Thursday, November 7 - 7:00 pm in 317 Wagner

Tuesday, November 12 - 7:00 pm in 317 Wagner

Monday, December 2 - 8:00 pm in 201 Wagner

Note: Do NOT turn in the Mentor Agreement with your application. That is simply for your information. If you are selected for the position, you will sign the agreement at that time.

PDF version of application is only for you to preview the questions before you complete the online application at LEAP Mentor Application 2014.



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