The Peer Helper Program was founded in 1985 by the Afro-American Studies Program in order to help African-American students make the transition to EIU. Today the peer mentoring program is called L.E.A.P (Leading to Engage All Panthers), has expanded to include all interested new freshmen, and is coordinated by the Office of Inclusion and Academic Engagement.
The program was designed to give new students both a sense of belonging and the confidence of knowing that there is someone to whom they can turn for help and guidance during the first, critical semester. Our main goal is to help our new students to successfully bond with the university socially and academically.
A new freshman will be carefully matched up with a trained upper-classman. Your L.E.A.P. Peer Mentor will not only serve as your mentor for the entire fall semester, but also a friend that will be able to answer any questions you have about the campus, your classes, and college life in general. Even before you arrive on campus, you can expect to hear from your L.E.A.P Peer Mentor.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Yolanda Williams at 581-6690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To REQUEST a L.E.A.P. Peer Mentor, fill out the online application. Apply Now!
Thank you for your interest in the L.E.A.P. Peer Mentoring positions. This mentoring program was designed to assist incoming freshmen students get acclimated to the university. This support is vital to the retention of underrepresented and first-generation college students at EIU. Freshman relationships with peer mentors will provide a support system that encourages academic, social, and cultural development.
To BECOME a L.E.A.P Peer Mentor, fill out the online application. Apply Now!