"GEMS program has been a great experience for me this year, being a freshman at a four year college is a very hard transition when coming straight out of high school. Having a mentor has made me see college experience from another perspective. It feels good to have someone that you can call on when you need help. I enjoy going to the workshops that GEMS offers they are very helpful I learn something new every time I go. I appreciate that we have the GEMS program at Metropolitan State it serves for the students and also for the community too."
– M. Walton (Freshman, Social Work)
What is GEMS Mentoring Program?
GEMS Mentoring Program is a unique year long mentoring relationship that offers student at Metropolitan State University a chance to develop a close, positive relationship with a mentor who will empower students in their career interest, personal development and aid them in acquiring life skills. GEMS's mission is to guide, empower, and support our students through mentoring. Students team up with a mentor based on their major, career interest and an interview with a GEMS staff member.
What is the time commitment?
Program starts in September and ends in early May. All mentors and students must come to a MANDATORY opening ceremony. Program commitments require mentors and students to meet face-to-face a minimum of two times a month and maintain regular communication contact. Students are encouraged to attend bi-monthly workshops/meetings with program coordinator to ensure a healthy mentoring relationship.
What is the nature of relationship?
The nature of the relationship between the mentor and mentees is aimed at career, life skills, and personal development. Examples of these relationships are:
- Career: Providing guidance, exploring career interest and options
- Life skills: Strengthening students' job and life skills and providing students with hands-on experiences
- Personal development: Improving interpersonal communication, leadership, and fostering self-confidence and self-esteem
- Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student
- Must be in good academic standing
- A junior, senior, graduate, staff, faculty or community volunteer mentor
Download GEMS Brochure
For More Information Please Contact:
Curtis Hall IV, Student Peer Leader and Mentoring Coordinator
Student Life and Leadership Development
"I am happy a program like this began while I am attending Metropolitan State, I have a safe and secure feeling at Metropolitan State because I know I have so many different people that I've met through the GEMS program. I am glad I was welcomed into a program that can help me with networking, confidence, and overall a sense of happiness, because I know that with GEMS I will always have an army of people to help guide me!"
Thank you all for everything you've done and please don't stop doing what you do!"
-V. Young (Freshmen, Undecided)