Mentoring Veterans Program
"The Mentoring Veterans Program made my transition to Cal State Fullerton far easier, and introduced me to resources on campus that I might not have discovered otherwise."
Fall 2010 Mentee, Fall 2011 Mentor
The purpose of the Mentoring Veterans Program (MVP) is to promote the academic and social integration of veterans to the university. The MVP provides an opportunity to ease the transition from the military, community college, and the university through friendship, camaraderie, and the shared experience of fellow veterans.
The MVP recruits mentors from the continuing student veteran population at Cal State Fullerton who have a desire to help incoming students transition to the university, partnering with them in their academic, personal, social, and vocational success.
Mentors are required to attend an orientation and training session where the program policies and procedures are communicated. A system of accountability for the mentor and mentee is set up to provide support throughout the program.
Mentees are offered an opportunity to participate in the program through our web site, at orientation, and other outreach events.
The MVP is a one-semester program where the mentor and mentee meet once per week to help the new student feel connected, get engaged, find purpose and support, and encourage persistence at the university toward graduation.
The MVP culminates with an end of the semester celebration and recognition event to thank the mentors for their service and to acknowledge the mentees' participation.
- To provide encouragement, support, and relationship building between the mentor/mentee
- To personalize the academic experience
- To explore campus resources
- To provide role models in academic excellence
- To pursue successful integration into university life
- To encourage persistence and graduation