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Peer Mentoring Program

What is Vet2Vet?

  • Vet2Vet is a Peer Mentoring Program for veterans attending UNM. It is administered by the Veterans Resource Center (VRC).

What is the purpose of Vet2Vet?

  • To provide a supportive environment for incoming student veterans in order to ease their transition from military to civilian and/or academic life.

How does it work?

  • "Seasoned" student veterans (i.e. mentors) are matched with incoming student veterans (i.e. mentees/proteges) who could benefit from having a guide, coach, or resource person during their first year at UNM.

Mentor Benefits

  • "Soft Skill" Development- opportunity to develop/enhance skills in effective communication (e.g. developing rapport, active listening, providing/ receiving feedback, etc.)
  • Knowledge Sharing- chance to share knowledge regarding your major and career aspirations, effective study habits, school/community resources, social activities, etc.
  • Instrinsic Satisfaction- gained through acting as a guide, coach, and/or resource person
  • Resume Building - mentoring demonstrates the effectiveness of your soft skills and ability to share knowledge, which are qualities highly in demand by employers
  • Tradition - as a V2V Mentor you become part of a UNM Tradition for the student veteran community; and your mentee/protege may become a future mentor

Mentor Requirements

  • Passion to contribute to another's development
  • Enrolled at UNM: successfully completed 1 year @ UNM
  • GPA 2.5+
  • Student Veteran or Military Service Member
  • Attend monthly development workshops

Mentee Benefits

  • Easy access to an experienced UNM student veteran, who has "been there"
  • Personalized guidance, encouragement, and camaraderie during first year at UNM to ease the transition from military to civilian/ academic life
  • Assistance with reaching your academic, social--and ultimately--professional goals
  • Not having to "go it alone" during your first year at UNM
  • Skill development that could lead to you becoming a future V2V Mentor

Mentee Requirements

  • Enrolled at UNM
  • Student Veteran Military Service Member
  • Attend required workshops/training
  • Meet with mentor weekly