What is a Near Peer Mentor?
Near-peer mentors are college students and recent graduates from related fields of academia. These mentors are closer in age that the traditional teacher and create a more relaxed atmosphere of learning. The responsibilities of a near-peer are to be role models to the students, promote high-level science and math classes, and act as expert resources concerning college life and career pathways. Near-peers are selected for their technical experience and attitude. Their inclusion is integral in enhancing each and every GEMS student's interest and achievement.