Student Mentoring

The Center for Leadership’s certificate programs and special facilitations, promote student development through peer-to-peer support. Peer leaders help mentor their peers and offer leadership experience by guiding, supporting, and encouraging throughout each of the certificates and special facilitations. 

Training and Time Commitment

  • Peer Leaders are hired for an academic year
  • Peer Leaders are trained and mentored by professional staff and graduate assistants
  • Peer Leaders are actively supported with professional development, from campus partners as well as esteemed professional leaders from the community

Peer Leader Eligibility Criteria

  • Currently enrolled full-time Cal Poly student
  • Students who have successfully completed at least three academic quarters at Cal Poly
  • Students who have a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA and in good academic standing
  • Students who lead in all capacities, and enjoy meeting and mentoring fellow students on the journey of building leaders from within.


Program Objectives:

  • Provide peer-to-peer mentoring throughout all our offerings
  • Recognize the importance of one-to-one relationships and peer interactions >Support student leadership, team building, and personal management skills
  • Establish student support networks that offer guidance through academic, social, and cultural transitions
  • Provide additional knowledge about campus and community resources
  • Facilitate successful student retention while enhancing the overall collegiate experience

We are looking for students interested in:

  • Connecting students to available on and off campus resources
  • Establishing support networks
  • Gaining career and professional development experience
  • Enhancing leadership, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills
  • Contributing to a positive and supportive college environment
  • Supporting student growth and development
  • Being a mentor and role model for students

Peer Leader Benefits:

  • Enhance leadership and interpersonal skills by providing guidance to all students and sharing your strategies for success
  • Gain a better understanding of the peer-to-peer mentoring process
  • Create a legacy by contributing to a positive and supportive college and community environment
  • Opportunity to add to your resume by gaining leadership, career, and professional development experience
  • Expand networking opportunities through program participation
  • Contribute to creating the Cal Poly community you want to see

I am interested! How do I get started?

Request to Join the Program and apply to be a Peer Leader - Center for Leadership

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