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Mentoring for Success - for Student Mentees

Mentoring for Success Mission Statement
The Mentoring for Success program at Roxbury Community College strives to empower 18 to 24 year old students to achieve academic success. The program supports young adults at RCC, many of whom are first-generation students, in their academic pursuits by creating one-to-one mentoring relationships. Mentoring for Success assists students with the confidence, resources, and support they need to achieve their potential.

About Mentoring for Success:
The goal of the Mentoring for Success program is to guide and equip students to overcome challenges throughout the semester to achieve academic and personal success. With support from trained mentors and program staff, students will:

  • Clarify academic goals
  • Develop a plan to accomplish their academic goals
  • Utilize tools to address academic challenges
  • Access appropriate student resources as needed.

In addition, students will gain a supportive network of their peers in the program while engaging in workshops, informational sessions, and fun activities both on- and off-campus throughout the year.

Mentoring for Success focuses on four broad-range student support areas:

  • Knowledge of higher education resources
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Community College culture
  • Strategies to persist through graduation and transfer
  • Time management skills

Knowledge of Higher Education Resources:
Mentoring for Success will provide students with personalized support in accessing higher education resources including Financial Aid with a focus on resources within RCC.

Comprehensive Understanding of Community College Culture:
Through the Mentoring for Success program, students will become better acclimated to RCC and their classes; program participants will develop a deeper knowledge of the institution to make the most of their academic career.

Strategies to Persist through Academic Studies:
Mentoring for Success will work collaboratively with students and their mentors to develop tools that will empower students to maintain good academic standing.

Time Management Skills
Mentoring for Success will develop the skills necessary to realistically incorporate academic success with non-academic responsibilities.

Benefits of the program:

  • Opportunity for personalized guide, listener, and resource to help you through challenges
  • Personalized ongoing support from mentor and program staff
  • Improve your goal-setting and time-management skills
  • Satisfaction in realizing your own academic goals and achievements
  • Recognition for your commitment and work throughout the year
  • Gain a supportive network community among first-generation college students
  • Opportunity to participate in fun and exclusive mentee/mentor group activities and events
  • Develop communication and networking skills through building and maintaining a mentoring relationship
  • Opportunity to enhance resume through your participation with the program – displays reliability, commitment, and initiative
  • Knowledge of higher education resources and better understanding of community college culture
  • Strategies to persist through academic studies
  • And More!

If you are interested in being a MENTEE, you SHOULD:

  • Be a current RCC student
  • Be between the ages of 18-24 years old
  • Be a first-generation student: Neither of your parents have a college degree
  • COMPLETE the Mentoring for Success screening process
  • Be willing to work collaboratively with your mentor and program staff
  • Take initiative by actively working towards goals you set
  • Have a strong interest in your own academic success
  • Be willing to make the time commitments below

Time Commitment:

  • 1.5 hours of Mentee Orientation prior to being matched
  • 1 hour/week meetings with your Mentor
  • 2 semester-long mentoring relationship
  • Monthly informational meetings as a groupto gain additional resources
  • Opportunities to engage in fun activitiesboth on-and-off campus

         

Mentoring for Success – for Mentors

If you are interested in being a PEER-MENTOR, you SHOULD:

  • Be an RCC alumna/alumnus OR
  • Be a current RCC student who has completed 2 semesters at RCC and has a minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be willing to complete the Mentoring for Success screening process in its entirety
  • Be interested in working one-on-one with a first-generation college student at RCC
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be knowledgeable and familiar with RCC student-resources and student support services
  • Be interested in giving back to the RCC community through sharing your knowledge and advice with a student-mentee
  • Be dependable and consistent in making and keeping time commitments with mentee and program staff
  • Be willing to make the time commitments below.

Time Commitment:

  • 2 hours of Peer-Mentor Training prior tobeing matched
  • 1 hour/week meetings with your Mentee
  • 2 semester-long mentoring relationship
  • Opportunities to engage in fun activitiesboth on-and-off campus

Contact Information:

For further information about the Mentoring for Success program, please contact:

Gregory Saint-Dick
Mentoring for Success Program Coordinator | Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring
Office of Student Life and Engagement
Roxbury Community College
Academic Building 3: Room 353-E
1234 Columbus Ave
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
Telephone: 617-541-5328
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Visit us on the web:
www.facebook.com/CCMentoringforSuccess

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Student Life & Student Engagement

Our Mission
The mission of the Office of Student Life and Student Engagement is to create an inclusive campus environment that serves the educational mission of the College by supporting student leadership, encouraging active citizenship, fostering and celebrating individual and community achievement.

The Office of Student Life offers programming that provides diverse opportunities for students to obtain practical skills and reflect on perspectives and experiences that better prepare them for achieving personal, professional and academic success. Student Life programming also creates opportunities for students to share their personal experiences, insights and values with their peers. Through these opportunities, students learn the value of engagement, collaboration and the benefits of working together to find mutually-beneficial solutions to the issues and concerns facing our campus, the local community and the world.

Involvement at RCC
Involvement at RCC means engaging both inside and outside of the classroom. This experience provides the student with the opportunity to interact with other students, faculty and staff. Getting involved in campus life can be as easy as participating in student clubs/organizations, attending campus events, working with students and faculty members on service learning projects, or attending special lectures and forums on campus.

RCC students have created organizations that range from cheerleading to creative writing. There is no doubt that the RCC student clubs are diverse and can provide students an unforgettable experience! If you can’t find a student organization that meets your interest, you can always start one of your own.

Why Should I get Involved?
Getting involved is key to your success at RCC. Involvement in campus activities helps students gain important skills. Skills learned through involvement are, oral and written communication skills, decision-making skills, self-confidence, organization skills, resourcefulness, and responsibility. Joining a student organization at Roxbury Community College offers many advantages that you might not get if you’re not involved, such as:

  • Life-long friendships
  • Working with people on committees
  • Insight on different people’s perspectives
  • Learning teamwork and cooperation
  • Time management and negotiation skills

How do I begin my journey?

  • Visit the Office of Student Life. You will be able to view upcoming events and programs, get a listing of active clubs/organizations.
  • Stop by the Student Government Association (SGA) office (located in the Academic Building, Room 130) and meet student leaders who can provide resources and information to help you get involved on campus.
  • Check out involvement fairs:
    • Activities Fair: Held during the first full week of class during the fall semester and spring semester. The Activities Fair allows you to meet student organizations and learn about their organization’s mission, values, and membership requirements.
    • Volunteer Fair: Held during the fall semester, the Volunteer Fair brings community organizations to campus as they seek volunteers for their agencies and programs.
  • College Calendar: The college calendar is updated regularly with campus wide events that range from campus traditions to presentations by prominent faculty and leaders. (Please see RCC website or MyRCC)
  • Gateway Gazette: News around the campus and beyond
  • SPEND TIME on campus and you will find many student organizations and activities that will spark your interest!

Student Clubs/Organizations:

  • Bible Club
  • Brotherhood Initiative
  • Business Club
  • Career Development Club
  • Cheerleading Club
  • Community Service Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Dance Club
  • Economic Club
  • Galileo Science Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
  • Garden Club
  • International Multicultural
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Photography Club
  • Pizza & Politics
  • Sister 2 Sister
  • Student Newspaper ( Gateway Gazette)
  • Technology Club
  • Video Club
  • Volleyball Club

(Clubs as of fall 2012)

The annual Student Club/ Organization Registration process is usually the first full week of classes in September and January.

Student Government Association (SGA)

What is the Student Government Association (SGA)?
The Roxbury Community College “Student Government Association” (SGA) serves as the official student voice to the RCC Administration, the Board of Trustees, and the Massachusetts Board of Community Colleges. The mission of SGA is to earnestly represent the interests of students and increase student engagement by focusing their efforts on creating and continuing viable and effective student services, preserving and protecting RCC, and supporting students and student organizations in their academic and community endeavors. To this end, new leaders are elected from and by the general student populace each fall semester. SGA members serve on all college governance committees to guarantee active representation of student interests and concerns.

In order to qualify for an elected position, a student must:

  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and have completed at least 2 semesters at RCC (for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Student Trustee)   OR have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all other representative positions.
  • Be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) at the time of the election.

What is the purpose of the SGA:
The purpose of the SGA is to

  • Encourage and promote the participation of students in academic, cultural, and recreational activities.
  • Promote and carry out student activity programs that will best serve the interest of the College.
  • Provide leadership among the clubs and organizations on campus.
  • Provide opportunities for dialogue among students, faculty, and administration.

How many members are elected to the Student Government Association?
There are a total of 12 members:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Student Trustee
  • 7 Representatives

What are the benefits of being an SGA member?
As a member of the Student Government Associa­tion you:

  • Will be chosen to participate in one of the College-wide standing committees.
  • May choose to become a member of the Program Committee to help plan student events.
  • Can participate in Student Activities sponsored lectures, seminars, fundraisers, and other entertainment events.

Contact Information:

For more information about becoming involved in the SGA, please contact:

Office of Student Life and Student Engagement
Academic Building, Room 353
Tel: (617) 541-5332