The HHS Success Mentors Program pairs first-year students with sophomore, junior and senior mentors. The program provides mentees with academic support, psychological and emotional support, goal-setting assistance, career advice and role modeling. All participants gain knowledge, skills and abilities essential to their academic, personal and professional success.

Program Structure

Each mentee is assigned a mentor. When possible, mentees and mentors are matched by academic unit.

Group activities for mentors and mentees are held every other week and include:

  • Goal-setting
  • Campus tours
  • Career development workshops
  • Ice cream socials
  • Wellness programs
  • Community service 
  • Formal dinners with faculty 

Mentors and mentees also meet every other week for one-on-one mentoring sessions and activities of their own choosing. This might include grabbing a meal or coffee together, attending student organization events or study sessions.

Mentors

Mentors provide direction, guidance and support to a minimum of two mentees in the same college.

As representatives of HHS and Purdue, mentors work collaboratively and respectfully with other mentors, mentees, HHS faculty and staff. Mentors initiate contact with mentees before the start of the fall semester and actively develop and maintain connections throughout the academic year. Mentors commit approximately 10 hours a month, including attendance at monthly mentor meetings, biweekly mentor/mentee activities and biweekly one-on-one mentoring sessions. They commit to their position for the duration of spring training through the end of the following academic year and track mentoring relationships through biweekly written reflections.

Eligibility

Mentors are sophomores, juniors and seniors in HHS. Mentors maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and good standing in the University.

Mentor Application Process

A completed application includes the online mentor application, a current resume and contact information for a character reference.

  • First-time mentor applicants should submit contact information for at least one faculty or staff member who can speak to your potential as a peer mentor.
  • Returning mentor applicants should submit contact information for at least one of your current mentees to speak to your mentoring skills.

Mentees

Mentees gain academic, professional and personal support from an HHS sophomore, junior or senior while also connecting with other students, faculty and staff. They attend exclusive workshops and events focused on academics, career development and adjusting to college.

Mentees are expected to actively develop and maintain connections with their mentor throughout the academic year, attend biweekly mentor/mentee group activities and work collaboratively and respectfully with mentors, mentees, faculty and staff.

Eligibility

All incoming first-year Purdue HHS undergraduate students may apply. Space is limited.

Mentee Application Process

Students who are interested in applying should complete the online mentee application.

Mentor Core Leadership Team

The Core Leadership Team is a group of experienced mentors who provide guidance and support to mentors and mentees. The team leads discussions and activities at monthly mentor meetings; responds to questions and concerns from mentors on their team; helps plan, coordinate and lead weekly mentor/mentee activities; and assists in the recruitment, selection and training of mentors.

Core Leadership Team members fulfill all mentor expectations and responsibilities and have a minimum of one mentee. They commit to their position for three semesters, beginning in January and continuing through the following school year. They commit approximately 10 hours a month, including attendance at monthly mentor meetings, biweekly mentor/mentee activities, biweekly one-on-one mentoring sessions and biweekly Core Leadership Team meetings.

Eligibility

Core Leadership Team mentors are HHS juniors and seniors who have at least one year of experience as an HHS mentor. Core Leadership Team mentors maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and good standing in the University.

Contact Us

Please contact hhsmentors@purdue.edu if you would like additional information about the HHS Success Mentors Program.