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P.A.L.S. Peer Mentoring Program

Peer Assistance, Leadership, and Support

The College of Education’s P.A.L.S. Peer Mentoring Program is designed to assist first-year students with their transition from high school to UNLV. This program connects first-year students with a current College of Education student who can provide academic and social support and ongoing advice about how to succeed at UNLV. The P.A.L.S. Peer Mentoring Program promotes first-year student success and retention while promoting leadership development among upperclassmen.

Program Objectives

  • To instill a sense of belonging at UNLV, thereby strengthening students’ commitment to their academic and personal goals.
  • To connect first-year students with campus resources, events, organizations, and opportunities that match their interests and passions.
  • To support first-year students in maintaining good academic standing during their first year at UNLV.
  • To provide mentors with skill development in leadership and professional relationship building.

Become a P.A.L.S. Mentee

As a new student, adjusting to college can be quite challenging but our P.A.L.S. peer mentors are here to make your transition to UNLV easier than you could have imagined! UNLV easier than you could have imagined! Being a mentee allows you to:

  • Gain advice, encouragement and support from upperclassmen
  • Learn from the experiences of others
  • Develop strategies for dealing with academic and personal issues
  • Identify academic and personal goals
  • Build strong relationships with other students
  • Learn to navigate UNLV

Requirements and Responsibilities

The P.A.L.S. Mentoring Program is only available to first-time freshmen during their first year at UNLV. As a mentee, you will be required to be an active participant in the program, attend monthly meetings with your mentor, and see through with any referrals recommended by your mentor for one academic year (August-May).

Incoming students will be randomly selected to participate in the program and will be assigned a peer mentor.

If you have further questions, please contact pals@unlv.edu.

Apply to be a P.A.L.S. Mentor

P.A.L.S. peer mentors are student leaders who are committed to encouraging growth and success in first-year students as they transition to UNLV.

Being a mentor allows you to:

  • Improve your communication and interpersonal skills
  • Develop leadership and organizational qualities
  • Gain a sense of fulfillment and personal growth
  • Give back to the UNLV community
  • Grow your professional network at UNLV

Requirements and Responsibilities

All mentors must be upperclassmen (sophomore-senior) in the College of Education and show exceptional ability to succeed academically, adapt to college life, and demonstrate the qualities of an effective leader. As a mentor, you are required to meet with your mentee monthly, attend a monthly progress meeting with the program coordinator, and support College of Education events for one academic year (August-May). Mentors will have a case load of 5-10 mentees.

Mentors are compensated at an hourly rate. NSHE regulations state that no NSHE student employee may work more than twenty hours per week across NSHE institutions (UNLV, CSN, and Nevada State).

The application for the 2020-2021 academic year has closed.

If you have further questions, please contact pals@unlv.edu.

Program Staff