Becoming a Peer Mentor

Peer Mentor Role:

Peer Mentors help new, neurodiverse / neurodivergent students transition to college. Peer Mentors help on a weekly basis throughout the academic year by meeting with their students on a regular basis in formal and informal settings for an average of four to six hours per week. Through these meetings, Peer Mentors provide regular check-ins, support the student in identifying and accessing support resources, facilitate positive social engagement, and more.

Peer Mentors should have a desire to support others’ success and an interest in learning about the strengths as well as challenges of neurodiversity.

Peer Mentor Eligibility requirements:

  • Stanford current/rising sophomore, junior, senior
  • At least one year of experience as a Stanford undergraduate
  • Eligibility to work and completion of Stanford employee on-boarding.
  • Capacity to commit to all Peer Mentor responsibilities during the academic year. Times include mentor orientation, five 1-hour trainings, and academic year meetings and mentoring of 4-6 hours per week.
  • Willingness to be flexible and adapt to the needs of others
  • Communicate reliably by email, typically within 24 hours
  • Responsiveness to guidance by SNP staff; responsiveness to requests by or needs of student mentee

Application and Onboarding Process:

Application process:

  1. Complete the peer mentor application here
  2. Interview with SNP staff
  3. If selected as a peer mentor, begin the onboarding process

Onboarding process:

  1. Complete Stanford University Employment Application (includes background check)
  2. Complete LiveScan fingerprinting
  3. Attend Department of Psychiatry onboarding (human resources)
  4. Complete CITI training (online) and SNP peer mentor trainings

Time Commitment 

  • 4-6 hours per week; you may choose to spend time with your mentee(s) outside of those hours, but you cannot be paid for more than six hours per week
  • Each week, you will be spending time interacting with your mentee(s) to deliver the peer mentoring curriculum. The amount of structured time is up to you and your mentee(s), but at minimum, you and your mentee(s) should complete 1 curriculum module each week.
  • 1 hour of the weekly time commitment is spent in group supervision. Group supervision is led by the program manager and serves as continued training, supervision, and support. It allows you and the other peer mentors to check in about how things are going.