Antleader Mentorship Program
The Antleader Mentorship Program (AMP) is a 1.3 unit P/NP University Affairs leadership course designed to aid first year students in adjusting to university life and build their sense of identity, leadership, and community. The program is primarily designed to aid students of first-generation and low-income backgrounds, but all first year students are eligible to apply to be a mentee. Students who are accepted as mentees will be paired with a mentor the AMP Commission felt would best serve their needs. Mentees must attend the weekly class Tuesday 5:00PM-6:50PM for the Fall and Winter Quarters.
- Gain access to exclusive knowledge that only our workshops and mentors can provide
- 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/Community events that can serve as an alternative study break
- Learn about available on-campus resources
- Strengthen interpersonal skills
- Receive 1.3 units each quarter for enrolling in the class
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 an incoming first year student at UCI.
How are mentees selected into the program?
Once you’ve submitted an application, AMP Commission, a board of 14 student leaders in the program, will review your application. Applicants are then chosen through a variety of criteria based on interest and need for the program.
When will I hear back about my decision into the program?
Expect to hear back from us around week 2 of Fall Quarter. All decisions should be sent out by the end of week 2.
How many mentees will be selected to be in the program?
Due to our size and limited resources and one-on-one mentorship, our program can only accommodate as many mentees as our mentors.
What are the time commitments for this program?
Mentees must attend a 1.3 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.
Is the class required?
Class is mandatory! Mentees are required to enroll in the class for both Fall and Winter in order to be considered into the program. Alternative options to class will only be provided if there is a dire circumstance or if scheduling conflicts arise later on in the quarter.
What kinds of AMP community events are there?
AMP wide community events are student made and student run. Mentees and mentors will engage in a variety of events such as UCI sponsored events (i.e. Summerlands, Shocktoberfest, Soulstice), movie nights, community service events, food runs, holiday themed socials, competitive sports and other socials mentees/mentors would like to see happen in the program.
Are AMP community events mandatory?
AMP Community events are part of your grade. Mentees and mentors are encouraged to attend all socials/community events so that you may not only earn points toward your grade, but to also have the opportunity to meet all the other mentees/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 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.
What do you learn in AMP?
The class will consist of two main components: acclimating to life at UCI and building leadership skills. In the fall quarter, mentees in the program will learn about the different resources on campus, housing options for the next year, how to become involved in the multitude of clubs/orgs, leadership topics (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. Winter Quarter is focused on learning about different communities here at UCI and how you can be a part of one. Topics in winter quarter also may include: Cultural awareness, Campus Climate, Identity and Purpose, etc.
How is a typical day in class?
A typical day can vary from many different topics/activities. Class activities may range from getting to know one another through fun icebreakers and discussions to student-led seminars teaching about various University 101 topics (i.e. leadership, cultural awareness, etc).
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.
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 the following Spring Quarter.
I’m very excited and proud to serve as one of AMP’s Commissioners this year. I joined ASUCI and AMP because I know how much of an impact students can have on other students’ lives when they work hard to help each other. As a Commissioner of AMP, I hope to enhance the LEADER part of the Antleader Mentorship Program by helping mentees and mentors–through our workshops and activities—discover what leadership means to them. I want members of AMP to be able to carry and apply lessons they learn from their experiences in this program to anything else they choose to engage themselves in for the rest of their lives. AMP holds a special place in my heart, and I hope to use my role to deepen this program’s impacts and continue its legacy here at UCI.
I joined ASUCI because I wanted to help create a better campus environment for all students. Specifically, I wanted to help create more spaces for students to be their authentic selves, allowing us all to voice out our opinions and bring change to the campus as a whole. I personally would like to hope that while being in ASUCI, I can allow students to challenge themselves in being involved with whatever their passions may be while being confident about themselves.
Hello! My name is Abdul Osman and I’m a 3rd year computer science major and I have the privilege of serving as AMP’s assistant commissioner. I chose to join ASUCI as part of AMP’s commission because of the my experiences with being a low-socioeconomic, first-generation college student. As assistant-commissioner, I want to foster and develop direct, intimate, and long-lasting impact in individuals like myself and ease their transition into UC Irvine via the resources I and the program have to offer. Additionally, I want to heighten the academic and retention focus of the program. I want to ensure that student leaders who are exposed to the benefits of the AMP community are able to continue receiving them and eventually pass on their knowledge to other individuals and spaces.
2nd Year | Environmental Science
Helloo! my name is Chloe’ Kasozi I’m a 1st generation Ugandan American, who lives in the IE, bless the bottle you know how we dooo haha. I first heard about Visions leadership last year, through a friend and I decided to apply and it’s been an insanely eye-opening learning experience. Working together with my team on an advocacy project, doing tangible, campus-driven work that we could point and say’ woah we did that’ is one of the coolest things I’ve accomplished here at UCI.
More about me? Well, I love being outdoors, the beach, the desert the mountains, just exploring places I’ve never been before. My mentality is truly leave no stone unturned. I don’t like avocado and melons, they just simply don’t exist to me. My Myers-Brigg type is ENFP which means aloooot of things, but the abridged version is! I’m energetic, observant and super friendly. I love shows like Blindspot, Psych, New Girl, and the Good Doctor have an obsession with matcha lemonde, I also love love traveling. Live music, concerts and anything that has to do with music is my actual jam. I’m always down to discover new artists and go out to concerts and I’m excited to learn more about you through your music taste! And if you must know I have a certain affinity for life, so much to see, do, experience and I can’t wait to do it with you all through visions, But yeah! Can’t wait to meet you and make bomb memories together, see you so soon!
2nd Year | Business Administration
2nd Year | Political Science
Hi! My name is Justine and I am a second year Political Science major! In high school, I was always hesitant to speak out when it came to talking about issues within school. I didn’t think my voice mattered, and I didn’t feel like my presence was significant. Coming to UCI, I wanted to challenge myself to go into spaces like ASUCI because I did not want my fears to define me. I want to be able to ensure that students KNOW that their voice matters.
2nd Year | Psychology & Social Behavior
Hello! I applied to ASUCI as a lead mentor for Antleader Mentorship Program because I wanted to use my own experiences from my first year to uplift and support incoming first years in whatever their endeavors may be. This year, I really want to emphasize the importance of taking things at your own pace. I remember the rush of excitement that I got as a first year, and wanting to submerge myself into several involvements. It wasn’t until later on that I realized the importance of stepping back, learning how to say no, and self caring. Besides that, I also want to work on promoting an inclusive culture at UCI and building genuine relationships within the communities I surround myself with! I’m beyond excited to see change happen on campus so that we as students can all feel safer, happier, and empowered.
3rd Year | English
2nd Year | Business Administration
Hi everyone, the reason I applied to ASUCI is to be part of the Antleader Mentorship Program Commission as one of the workshop coordinators. The reason why this commission is important to me is that it’s purpose is to serve low income and first generation college students, and that really resonates with me being one myself. I really wanted to improve and help make the program a way for first years, who may not know the process and tricks around UCI, and college in general. For example, housing is a very serious necessity, but many students under the demographic we serve are unaware to the process and options they have for their living situations beyond their first year. Although AMP is known for it’s community, I wished that the workshops could be even more informational based, since I had no knowledge to how college worked coming in. Workshops often highlight the more emotional and social aspects, but I felt like the informational and resource based aspect was lacking. Workshops are the center point of our Tuesdays, 5-7 and I felt like they needed to live up to all the publicizing we do to highlight them. Looking back as a first year, what I know now is due to the community aspect of AMP, and research I did on my own. I applied to ASUCI to improve the program I love, and make it a strong resource for first generation and low income students like myself.
2nd Year | Undecided / Undeclared
Impact can be defined as having a strong effect on someone or something and that’s exactly what a program called AMP. Since this program had such an IMPACT on my first year I knew that I could potentially make an IMPACT on the life of someone and that’s why I applied to be an AMP mentor and eventually also applied to be on AMP’s commission to make an even bigger IMPACT. IMPACT is short six letter word, but has so much more meaning and power to it which comes had and hand with change.
Change is a big word and doesn’t happen overnight, but one of the changes I want to make on this UCI campus is to help get a more diverse and variety of students involved. It broke my heart seeing friends from home struggle with their first year and not know who are what to turn to and had wish they had known about a program like AMP sooner than later.
2nd Year | Computer Science
Hi everyone ! My name is Ryan Adra, and I am an Academics Affairs Intern under AMP commission. I applied to ASUCI under this office because I truly resonate with the office’s idea of helping students academically by providing resources in order to help with any academic issues or concerns and incorporating methods to reach academic success for all students from diverse backgrounds. I specifically chose AMP because I want to help first generation low-SES 1st year students with their transition to university life as they may not have the necessary support to achieve their academic goals here at UC Irvine. I want underrepresented minorities to feel as if their voice matters, and they can discuss their concerns on how they can make their education more worthwhile for their time here at UC Irvine. I want for all students to define their own academic success and achieve their own versions of that goal.
I want to be a part of ASUCI, especially under Academic Affairs because I believe that we should promote the resources and the academic motives at such a high-ranking university. Sometimes, because we become too carried away with our lives, we as students forget that our main priorities attending college is to be academically focused. This year, I want to emphasize that academic drive and motives that will enable all of us to succeed here. In addition, being a part of this office should also encourage US to listen to the advice we give to others. My goals for this year is to stress the importance of being a student FIRST and your other commitments second. Through resources on campus, encouragement from peers or speakers, implement bills, and more, we can do so much in this office and really make an academic change as well as improvements on this campus!