Antleader Mentorship Program
The purpose of the Antleader Mentorship Program is to ease the transition and build leadership skills for freshmen and transfer students to UCI. AMP is a student-run, student-led program co-sponsored by Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) and the Student Outreach and Retention Center (SOAR); AMP focuses on the development and overall well-being of all students within the program. AMP provides an expansive network of students spanning a multitude of involvements, organizations, and campus departments. Under the aid and supervision of trained mentors, this program is a community dedicated to leading students towards academic success and campus involvement. The program’s engaging workshops, socials, and one-to-one mentorship motivate students to strive for their individual aspiration. The goal of the Antleader Mentorship Program is to create well-rounded, responsible student leaders in hope of creating a better and brighter world.
- Create a network on campus
- Gain exposure to professionals in Advertising, Health Care, Law, Business, etc.
- Build self-confidence, leadership and communication skills
- Practice your interview skills, draft a resume, and learn how to become involved both on and off campus
- 1-on-1 peer mentorship with students of similar major and interest
- Provides an outlet for creativity and promotes school spirit
- Socials can serve as an alternative study break
- Learn about available on-campus resources
- Strengthen interpersonal skills
- Receive 2 units each quarter for enrolling in the class
- Gain access to a unique “1st Year Success” manual written by your very own mentors
What are the time commitments for this program?
Mentees attend a 2 unit, Pass/No Pass course that meets once a week for 2-3 hrs. Additionally, mentees are asked to interact with their respective mentor throughout the year.
What kinds of socials are there?
Socials are student made and student run. Students engage in a variety of UCI sponsored events such as Summerlands, Shocktoberfest, Big Air Trampoline, movie nights, food runs, holiday themed socials, competitive sports and activities and other socials mentees or mentors would like to see happen in the program.
How do mentor/mentee pairings work? Will I get a new mentor every quarter?
We try to pair up mentors and mentees that will work best with each other to the best of our ability. Mentors and mentees are typically paired in a 1:1 ratio, and no more than a 1:2 ratio. In order to establish a stable relationship, each mentee will be paired with their mentor for the duration of the entire school year. However, mentees are also encouraged to make connections with the other mentors in the program.
Who is eligible to apply?
AMP is committed to the smooth transition of all incoming students for their first year at UCI. Our program is also geared towards low income, first-generation college students. However, anyone is welcome to apply to be mentees as long as they are either a first year or transfer student.
What will the 2-unit class consist of?
The class will consist of two main components: acclimating to life at UCI, and building leadership skills. The Fall syllabus will be tailored towards learning about the different resources on campus, how to become involved in the multitude of clubs/orgs, etc. In Winter, various leadership topics will be covered (i.e. Communicating styles, stress and time management, how to stay healthy and healthy minded, etc) as well as bolstering student behavior and mannerisms to be more acclimated to a professional work environment and expectations.
Is this a year-long commitment?
Mentees who apply and are accepted into the program will be committed to the program for both Fall and Winter quarters. Applications to become an AMP mentor are released in Winter quarter and training begins in Spring quarter.
How will be paired up with mentors?
Mentors and mentees will be paired based on major, personality, interests, and a variety of other things.
Will we be able to have a preference on gender or major?
You can request to be paired with a certain major or gender, however, final pairings will be based on overall compatibility.
Is the 2-unit class required?
Mentees are required to enroll in the class, however, if scheduling conflicts arise then an alternative option will be provided.
Are socials mandatory?
Socials are part of your grade. Therefore we encourage everyone to attend all socials so that you may not only earn points but also have the opportunity to meet all the other mentors. Unless a good reason is given we expect a good amount of participation. If you are unable to attend a social you must inform us a few days in advance in which case we may allow a make-up assignment.
How is a typical day in class?
A typical day can vary from many different things. Class activities may range from getting to know one another through fun icebreakers to class lectures learning about leadership, cultural awareness, etc.
If I want to become a future mentor, where can I apply for this position?
Applications for mentors come out Winter Quarter and decisions are made by then.