Peer Mentoring Programs


Peer mentoring is at the center of the work we do in Thrive Center. Mentoring is a great way to connect with other students, learn tips and tricks from others who have been in your shoes, build community with other students, and find your place at the University of Arizona.

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Two students talking on a bench near the World War 1 memorial fountain in front of Old Main.  Fountain in the backround.  Photo: (2016) John De Dios

Cultural Learning Communities

The Cultural Learning Communities (CLCs) merge culture, identity, and academic support through classes, workshops and peer mentoring.  Serves primarily first-year students; all years welcome for LGBTQ Resource Center and Disability Cultural Center learning communities.

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First Cats Mentoring

Through one-on-one meetings with a peer mentor and interactive group workshops, First Cats focuses on successfully tackling the transition to college, getting involved on campus, and mastering the strategies you'll need to be successful in your first and second years of college.  Serves first- and second-year students.

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Thrive Guides

Thrive Guides provide one-on-one peer mentoring and deliver an array of workshops on topics that range from academic and personal success to "adulting" and post-graduate planning. You pick which workshops interest you to create a custom curriculum. Thrive Guides are available for bi-weekly, monthly, and/or drop-in meetings--whatever works best for you.  Available to all students.

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Fostering Success

Fostering Success is a community on campus to support UA students that have experienced the foster care system or are unaccompanied homeless and housing insecure youth.  Fostering success provides peer mentoring and many other support services.  Serves all students that qualify.

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New Start Summer Program

New Start is a 6-week summer bridge program, built on a foundation of peer mentoring, that offers students the opportunity to take their first university course, live in a residence hall and connect with hundreds of other incoming freshmen.  By the time you start school in the fall, you'll feel like a sophomore.  Serves incoming freshmen during the summer.

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Unsure of which program to choose?

Schedule a quick meeting with Bob McCune, Manager of Mentoring Programs, to find the right fit for you and your goals.  No matter the program (and even if mentoring is not for you), our goal is to connect you with people and resources that will aid you in navigating the university.


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