Peer Mentor Program
The SSSP Peer Mentors provide outreach and support to entering SSS Participants to:
- Help familiarize mentees with SSSP and University resources
- Ease the SSSP mentees’ transition to college life, and
- Instill a sense of “community” among all SSSP participants
Peer Mentors cultivate relationships and foster communication with each member of an assigned group (four University of Delaware freshmen) by planning social activities and maintaining ongoing contact with students throughout their first year of college. SSSP Peer Mentors are program ambassadors, as well as leaders and role models to all SSS participants. Mentors work on an as-needed basis and earn an hourly wage.
If you are interested in applying to become a Peer Mentor for Fall 2017 – Spring 2018, please contact Christopher Gunter, email@example.com.
Meet the mentors for the 2016-2017 Academic Year:
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Victor DeGeorge is from Bethany Beach, Delaware and is involved in the Biomedical Engineering Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Victor really enjoys performing stand-up comedy and improve around campus and at local theaters back home. Victor really values the friendships he’s made in college and his supportive friends have really impacted his academic experience. Best Life Advice: “People who do nothing don’t make mistakes.” This quote from my grandfather has really stuck with me because no matter what, as you keep going forward you are going to make mistakes, and that is okay.
Major: Spanish, Pre-Med track
Asia Coleman is a first generation college student who plans to be a bilingual orthopedic surgeon in the future. On campus, she is involved in HOLA, Making Doctors club, and Zumba. Asia enjoys learning and participating in new things to keep herself busy. She wants to make the most out of her college experience by being involved and helping as many people as possible. Best Life Advice: While studying abroad in Costa Rica, a tour guide told me to keep the passion that I have for medicine and allow it to spread to anything I do because I will then be 100% sure to succeed at anything I put my mind to.
Major: Finance Minor: Management Information Systems
Ronald Jones is from Wilmington, Delaware who, beyond being an SSSP peer mentor, is a mentee in the Executive Mentor Scholars Program in the Alfred Lerner College of Business. He also works for student financial services and the Center for Academic Success on campus. Ronald has also interned with DuPont in Wilmington and after graduation, he will work with Morgan Stanley in New York City in their internal audit department. Best Life Advice: My grandfather and my mother would always tell me, “Personality can take you a long way in life.” This advice helped me to understand that personality can get you places that money and education cannot. Their advice has helped mold me into an individual that not only strives for academic success and financial stability, but to be courteous and well-mannered when interacting and communicating with others.
Major: Human Services, concentration in Clinical Services Minor: Disabilities Studies
Catherine Marge is from Wilmington Delaware and is the youngest in her family. On campus, Catherine is involved in the Blue Hen Leadership Program as a Tier 2 participant as well as Best Buddies. She is also an assistant teacher at a childcare center. In the future, Catherine wants to work in foster care and adoption for children with disabilities. Best Life Advice: My parents have always told me to do my best and always be myself. If I work hard and do all that I can do, that is enough. To be myself means that I should feel comfortable being different.
Josue Reno Toledo is Afro-Latino, meaning that he grew up in an African American and Mexican household. Josue aspires to become a Human Resources Manager in order to help immigrants who are new to the workforce. On campus, he is a part of many organizations including HOLA, Mi Gente, Billiards club, and SSSP. His Mother and Mrs. Cheryl have pushed him to do better academically and are always willing to give great advice. Best Life Advice: My mom has always told me, “Being happy is a choice and everything else is a matter of perspective.” I have learned to roll with the punches and make the best out of every situation that I come across.
Major: Pre-Med & Sociology-Health and Health Services
Briana Jeffreys serves as the Pre-College Initiative Chairman for the National Society of Black Engineers as well as a member of Warrior for Christ. Briana plans to work in the medical field. Her passion includes uplifting youth in urban communities, inspiring them to push the limits in becoming successful kings and queens. Her parents and brother are her biggest support system and they encourage her every day to be her best. Best Life Advice: If you get stuck on the fact of the matter, you’ll miss the favor of the matter. I have learned to not overwhelm myself with my failures and continue to work hard and push myself to my full potential.