SHC Students Create Peer Mentoring Program

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 10:00am

MOBILE, Ala -- In fall of 2011, senior psychology students Ashley Derenbecker, Sally Reese, and Caroline Wilson proposed the creation of a peer mentoring program at Spring Hill College. The enlisted the assistance of their Research Experience professor, Dr. Jamie Franco-Zamudio. Franco-Zamudio consulted with Lynda Olen, counselor of the Wellness Center, who thought the program make a great addition to the existing programming at the Wellness Center.

In order to create the job description, application materials, performance evaluation, training workshops, and advertising plan, Franco-Zamudio enlisted the assistance of the fall 2012 Industrial/Organizational Psychology students. Twenty-one students, including Derenbecker, Reese, and Wilson developed a training manual and advertising plan in eight weeks. Reese tested the training workshop material with Olen's assistance.

When asked why they wanted to create the program, Derenbecker replied, "I feel like Spring Hill could use a place students can go talk to other students. I want to give back to my fellow students, and feel this is a great way to do that."

In a similar vein, Wilson said, "Spring Hill has given me many opportunities and I don’t want other students to miss those chances because they feel they are not connecting well with the school and the SHC community."

The students will be working on finalizing program details, with a goal of launching it in fall of 2012.