VETS 4 VETS Mentorship Program

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Welcome to the Vets 4 Vets Mentorship Program!

Vets 4 Vets is a peer-mentoring program for veteran’s attending Sacramento State. The program matches an advanced undergraduate or graduate student-veteran with a lower division student-veteran or a newly transferred upper division student-veteran. This is a program where more experienced veterans currently attending the university may help new veterans adjust to both civilian and academic life during their tenure at Sacramento State.

The purpose of the program is to serve student veterans who are an important part of this campus. We recognize that student veterans have bravely served our country; the Vets 4 Vets program is here to serve you. Beginning a college experience can be unfamiliar territory and the goal is to assist you in becoming comfortable and aware of all  the campus resources that are available to you. The transition into civilian life can be a challenging one depending on an individuals circumstances.

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The goals of the Veteran’s Success Initiative are as follows:

  • Help veterans adjust to civilian and academic life
  • Help veterans achieve academic success
  • Teach veteran’s time management skills
  • Educate veteran’s about resources available at the university
  • Increase veteran’s involvement in student clubs and organizations
  • Create a veteran’s community where additional needed help is provided
  • Increase graduation rates
  • Increase student retention rate levels

"Never leave a fellow veteran behind."

This has been taught to us in boot camp and it has also transferred into our civilian academic life. Even though you are not in the military any longer that does not mean you are attending school alone. Sacramento State is home to 1,400 veterans and dependents attending college, the 2nd largest population in the CSU system and now you are a part of this growing community of motivated individuals.

The Curriculum

The curriculum of the mentorship level is based on three items:

  1. Setting long and short-term goals and objectives throughout the semester, making an effort to reach those goals, and journaling about the experience. The mentor and mentee meet two times a month during the semester. During these meetings, both long and short-term goals are designed. Short-term goals are continually created every week to help students achieve the long-term goals. Both the mentor and the mentee journal about the experiences and the progress made from week to week.
  2.  Completing the Green Certificate of the Leadership Initiative sponsored by the Student Organizations and Leadership Office.
  3.  Attending a meeting twice a month at the Veteran’s Success Center.
    The mentors and the mentees also attend a meeting/program at the Veteran’s Success Center two times a month. During the meetings, a presentation will be offered. Any of the following might be offered as a presentation:

    Resume writing
    CV Portfolio
    Myers Briggs (personality profile)
    Job placement/career advising
    Physical/recreational activities
    Library orientation (physical and online)
    Internships
    Student Organizations & Leadership (services and programs)
    Counseling Services
    Tutoring
    VA benefit advising
    Financial Aid/Scholarship advising
    Transfer credit advising

Mentors

The requirements to serve as a mentor are as follows:

  1. Mentors must have completed one semester at Sacramento State University.
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
  3. Preferable that a mentor is a second semester junior or a first semester senior. 

Mentors wil be paid  for approximately 10 hours a week. During these 10 hours mentors and mentees will meet twice a month privately at an arranged time and twice a month to attend programs at the Veterans Success Center.

Individuals who desire to be mentors will apply to the program by June 30 in the Spring semester to serve as a mentor for the following Fall. 

The applications will be turned in to the Veteran’s Success Center or via this website. After the applications have been reviewed, letters and/or emails of acceptance/ rejection will be sent to the applicants. Accepted applicants will be required to attend a one-day training provided by a representative from the Veteran’s Success Center where mentors will focus on program implementation.

Your role as a mentor:  Mentors are the essential part of "never leaving a solider behind." Mentors will help with time management skills, tutoring and answering questions about the campus. There will also be sponsored adventure outings, campus/library tours and the opportunity to earn the Sacramento State Leadership Initiative Green Certificate.

Mentors will have the opportunity to help incoming student veterans get acclimated to University lifestyle and help them have a successful journey at Sacramento State.

Mentor Application

Version 1 - Fillable PDF - Fill in the application form on the computer and then print the form and turn it in to the Veterans Success Center, room 3003, Lassen Hall. OR you can 'Save As' the PDF to your local drive and then attach it to an email to Beth Erickson  erickson@csus.edu

Version 2 - Print out the application PDF - Print the blank application form, fill it in and turn it in to the Veterans Success Center, room 3004, Lassen Hall.

Mentees

The requirements to participate as a mentee are as follows:

  1. A student must be a veteran.
  2. Either be first-time freshmen or an individual who has transferred from another university.
  3. Fill out an application and turn it in to the Veteran’s Success Center or via this website.

Student veterans will be paired with a 2nd semester junior/senior level student veteran who already knows the ropes of the university and can helpwith any questions you may have. Every effort is given to pair a mentee with a mentor with a similar major.

The Vet 4 Vet program helps mentees become involved in campus life activities. This includes academic, social and sports clubs, greek life and student government.

Mentees willl also complete the University indorsed leadership green certificate.

Mentee Application

Version 1 - Fillable PDF - Fill in the application form on the computer and then print the form and turn it in to the Veterans Success Center, room 3003, Lassen Hall. OR you can 'Save As' the PDF to your local drive and then attach it to an email to Beth Erickson  erickson@csus.edu

Version 2 - Print out the application PDF - Print the blank application form , fill it in and turn it in to the Veterans Success Center, room 3004, Lassen Hall.

 

We appreciate your participation and we look forward to helping you on your path to success.