U.S. Embassy Student Mentoring Program is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The aim of this program is to improve student academic performance at AUAF and reduce the rate of drop out and failures among the US Embassy scholarship recipients. In addition, the program links the students to have a successful role and to increase their academic and social performance in the university.
The benefits of getting involved are numerous for both mentors and mentees. By committing a small amount of time to mentor every week, mentors/ mentees can really get ahead and make the most of their time at AUAF.
The program provides a great source of support to mentees from someone who is a few steps ahead in their university career and the mentors provide valuable assistance to another US Embassy scholarship student. Meanwhile, the mentor also develops the transfer of skills, meeting new people, and gaining some great experience for their portfolio.
Student Mentoring Program is a supportive program which is flexible and fits around mentors and mentees availability and preferences. More details about the responsibilities and job description of each party will be given by the Student Mentoring Program Coordinator.
Students' contribution will be reflected on their record and might be valuable for any future placement or job applications.
Based on the goal of the project to be a support to reduce the number of drop-outs, the program includes separate services for the USE scholarship students:
Student mentoring is one of the most important components of the USE. SMP, as it provides valuable support for students at a critical situation in their educational life, and it offers a host of other advantages for both mentor and mentee. Student mentoring is a mutual way of learning and allowing both participants to develop transferable skills that will help them during their time at university and beyond.
Student Mentors are responsible to assist their mentee/s in getting on track and increase their academic performance during the semester. Student Mentors are required to conduct regular weekly meetings with their mentee/s during the semester in order to follow-up the mentee's academic progress. Each meeting should be reported to the USE. SMP coordinator for further considerations and the necessary actions will be taken according to that.
A student mentor is volunteer sophomore, junior or senior student who successfully completed application process of AUAF student mentoring program and meet the requirement that is mentioned in the mentoring handbook.
A Mentee is a second semester, sophomore, junior or even senior student with cumulative GPA below 2.5 that is considered at risk of being dropped.
Educational training are planned to address all by the US Embassy. Scholarship students especially freshmen and sophomores to give them inspirational, constructive and professional information. However, it is open for the other USE. Scholarship holders/AUAF students, if they are willing to attend. Their aim focus of the training is to provide the opportunity for participants to develop their academic and professional skills during their educational life at AUAF. Tentative topics are selected and planned according to the student suggestions previously in fall semester.
For more information, please see the US Embassy Mentoring Program Coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs.