Considerations for Designing and Implementing a First-Generation College Student Peer Mentoring Program

Thurman & Miranda Tapia / Journal of First-generation Student Success / July 2023

Female mentor with female student at laptop

Despite multiple obstacles, first-generation college students (FGCS) can transition to and persist throughout higher education successfully. Prior literature emphasizes the importance of supporting diverse students in relationship-rich, learner-centered educational environments. This reflective manuscript describes the development and implementation of a strengths-based peer mentoring program in which FGCS supported each other’s success. First-year FGCS were matched with peer mentors, who met regularly and participated in monthly programming designed to foster reflection and development of strategies for success in college. Challenges and lessons learned are discussed in conjunction with feedback from program participants to inform future FCGS peer mentoring programs.

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