U.S. Embassy Student Mentoring Program is supported by 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 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 mentoring 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 provides valuable assistance to another US Embassy scholarship student. Meanwhile, the mentor also develops 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.
U.S. Embassy Student Mentoring Program Components;
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
- Educational training
- Scholarship Outreach
Student mentoring is one of the most important components of the USE. SMP, as it provides valuable support for students at 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.
Who is a Student Mentor?
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.
Who is a Student Mentee?
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.
Objective of Student Mentoring:
- Provide positive role for the students
- Provide a framework of interaction between the students and university staff
- Identify the obstacles that cause the student to fail or obtaining minimum GPA
- Improve performance and success rates of students
- Provide a sense of belonging to the university
- Counter any initial feelings of isolation and/or anxiety happening to the students
- Develop community engagement, leadership and cultural competency skills for mentors
Advantages of having a Mentor
- Obtaining advice, encouragement and support.
- Learning from the experiences of other students.
- Increasing mentees social and academic confidence.
- Practicing management and decision making skills.
- Developing mentees communication, study and personal skills.
- Developing strategies to deal with both personal and academic issues.
- Identifying goals and a sense of direction.
- Stepping forward to next stage of university.
- Making new friends across the groups.
Advantages of being a Mentor
- Improving communication and personal skills
- Developing leadership and management skills.
- Strengthening study skills and improve knowledge of the subject/subjects
- Increasing confidence and motivation.
- Engage in a volunteering opportunity, valued by employers
- Enhance your CV
- Increase your circle of friends
- Gain recognition for your skills and experience
Who can be a Mentor?
- Be mature, responsible, and trustworthy.
- Demonstration interest in the success of fellow students.
- Be sensitive to the needs of others, but prioritize her/his own academic progress
- Should have GPA of 3.0 or above.
- Be sophomore, junior or senior
- Be active in student clubs and AUAF social activities
- Should not have a history of disciplinary case
What are the responsibilities of a Student Mentor?
- Be agrees with terms and conditions and rule and regulation of the USE. SMP.
- Be available for weekly mentoring sessions to her/his mentees during the semester.
- Attends mentor’s orientation training.
- Participates in bi-weekly meetings of mentors and USE. SMP coordinator
- Be familiar with the resources availability in the AUAF campus.
- Be familiar with AUAF policies and procedures, degree plans and academic requirements.
- Responds to mentor-related emails within 24 hours.
- Contacts her/his mentees for weekly meetings
- Refers students to appropriate university support services when necessary
- Positively promotes the mentor program to other students, support and academic staff
- Participates and encourages participation of mentees in various social, academic and training and other important events
- Identifies clubs/activities of interest to her/his mentees and attend at least one club session together per the semester.
- Works collaboratively with other mentors, USE SMP Coordinator, and seeks advice and direction when necessary.
Educational trainings are planned to address all by the US Embassy. Scholarship students specially 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 trainings 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.