Be A Mentor

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. Approximately 1,300 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 15 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?

* Approximately 865 bucks
* Free single room in a residence hall and a summer board plan
* A great experience (especially for your resume)
* A chance to work with faculty (and maybe get some recommendation letters)
* A leadership opportunity with skills transferable to any leadership position on campus and beyond

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?

The 2017  application process is now closed, check back in Fall 2017 for application information for the Summer of 2018.