Meet Our Community Leaders
The FOCUS Community Leader (aka Peer Mentor) is a 9-month, part-time student leader position and reports to the Program Coordinator of the FOCUS Learning Community. Community Leaders engage in direct contact with students who are recipients of the Regents' Scholarship with majors in the College of Ariculture and Life Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health. This position is to help students become successful and fully engaged in all aspects of their educational experience at Texas A&M Univesity.
This position is to help students become successful and fully engaged in all aspects of their educational experience at Texas A&M Univesity. Community Leaders contribute to the advancement of first-year students by aiding in their academic, emotional, social adjustment, and personal development. These help students adjust to college expectations, develop student skills, and become more motivated as learners.
To apply to become a FOCUS Community Leader, students must:
- Be enrolled as a full-time student at Texas A&M
- Have and maintain at least a 2.5 GPR at the end of spring semester after submitting an application
- Be able to fit a UGST 181 course section in their schedule
- Be able to complete at least one year of service
- Desire to facilitate classroom activities and discussions
- Desire to gain presentation skills and individual mentoring skills
- Desire to impact students, give back to the FOCUS learning community, and go above and beyond to make a difference!
FOCUS Community Leaders spend about 12-15 hours per month on FOCUS-related tasks. These tasks include (but are not limited to):
- Community Leader team meetings
- UGST 181
- Development/Enrichment activities
Community Leaders receive training in August and January, and attend various events with FOCUS during Howdy Week. Community Leaders receive monetary compensation for their time and effort in supporting FOCUS students.
Communtiy Leader Responsibilities
- Help new students navigate their transition
- Support students to improve their ability to articulate and formulate plans to actively pursue and achieve their academic and career goals
- Help students develop confidence and positive attitudes about learning
- Community Leaders must attend and actively participate in all Community Leader-training and retreat sessions as well as any additional meetings and events indicated by the FOCUS Learning Community staff.
- Complete Human Resource trainings by deadline.
- Work within a team to implement the In FOCUS weekly meeting (IFS) [75 minutes]
- Attend weekly meeting with coordinator and community team to prepare for In-FOCUS Session [1 hour]
- Attend all-FOCUS events as required, assist as needed.
- Establish ongoing connection
- Be responsive and available
- Be creative and flexible with communication methods with students
- Serve as primary mentor for one CARE Team in the community (6-7 freshmen)
- Community Leader will meet with each student in the CARE TEAM at least three/semester outside of In-FOCUS Sessions.
- Act with integrity and ethical behavior
- Community Leaders are expected and encouraged to ask questions when unsure or clarification is needed regarding any of their responsibilities.
- The Community Leader position is a full academic year commitment in order to provide a strong mentor relationship with students over the course of the year.
- Community Leaders must maintain a TAMU cumulative GPR of 2.50 or better and a semester GPR of 2.50 or better however a 2.75 is preferred. Failure to maintain this standard may result in the loss of your position or probation. Should both semester and cumulative GPR fall below a 2.0, the Community Leader will likely be released from their leadership role.
- Community Leaders must maintain full-time student status during the course of their appointment (co-enrollment at Blinn Community College may be counted). Community Leaders must limit their academic course load to no more than 16 credit hours per semester. Additional hours are approved at the discretion of their coordinator and on a case by case basis.
- Community Leaders must discuss all extracurricular involvement with their Coordinator and be prepared to scale back in other areas if commitment to FOCUS Learning Community responsibilities begins to falter.
- Community Leaders may not serve as a first semester RA, FISH Camp or IMPACT Counselors for sessions that conflict with Community Leader training or FOCUS functions during Gig’ Em Week; Senior leadership role in the Corps; President or Executive Board of large organizations or events (Big Event, Greek Life, etc.) and other leadership positions that will significantly impact a Community Leader’s ability to balance their additional jobs and extracurriculars with their academics.