Peer Mentor Program
@ Shoe Town Arts
What is a peer mentor?
The peer mentor program at Shoe Town allows students to make a positive difference in the lives of other students by acting as role models, cheerleaders, advocates, and friends. The peer mentor program provides growth and learning opportunities for both mentors and mentees, resulting in having a double positive impact.
Who are peer mentors?
Our peer mentors are current students that excel in one or more areas of art disciplines. Mentors have been observed demonstrating most of the following qualities, active listening skills, empathy, ability to see solutions and opportunities, flexibility, open to constructive criticism/ feedback, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work well in team/ collaborative setting. Peer mentors also demonstrate an interest in working in the area of art, teaching, and or human services in the future.
What are the benefits?
Both peer mentors and mentees share growth and learning experiences together. Along with having fun, they achieve personal growth, self reflection and insight, improve self-esteem, gain knowledge and understanding of people’s differences and diversity, enhance communication skills and interpersonal relationships, most importantly, they learn that they have the ability to make a positive difference in another person’s life.
Peer mentors are not, and do not take on the responsibility of Shoe Town Art Instructors. When peer mentors are on site STAS administration and instructors monitor them. All peer mentors are asked to sign a confidentiality contract to ensure respect of personal privacy.
Shoe Town Art Center
200 Merrimack Street
Haverhill, MA 01832