What is an AAMI Peer Mentor?
The African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) Learning Community of Gordon State College helps to empower men of color in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential by staying in school and completing their desired credential. The mentoring program uses students to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a mentee. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the success of minority males, the mentor can help mentees develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.
The role of the Peer Mentor is to help Emerging Leaders to become better self- advocates. The Peer Mentor forms and maintains a relationship with the Emerging Leader through:
- Contact by telephone;
- Contact by e-mail;
- Face to face meetings; and
- Advocacy with schools, families, and community programs.
AAMI Mentor Role
Take the lead in supporting a student through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship
Serve as a positive role model and friend
Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together
Support and endorse academic achievement
Create a spirit of mutual learning, trust, and respect
Promote the self-esteem and self-motivation and confidence of your mentee
Work with mentee to develop and establish realistic goals for working together
Foster strategies to address obstacles that minority males have faced and are facing
Provide and promote support networks for the mentee both in the college and in the community
Maintain personal and professional boundaries, but don‘t be distant or unapproachable
For additional information contact AAMI Coordinator Fredrick Bailey, at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or call 678.395.5236. Student Success Center Room 237.