Near Peer Program

 Near Peer Program

We are pleased to announce that Georgia Southwestern State University is part of College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) to develop a Near Peer Program in partnerships with local Sumter High School and Sumter DFCS beginning spring 2013.

Dr. Chuchu Wu and Dr. Queen Brown developed a Near Peer Program through the development of a service learning course to deploy college students as “college coaches” for high-need students.  The “Near Peer” program is designed to help ensure that the underrepresented students served, successfully apply to and subsequently enroll in an institution of higher education during their senior year. The college coaches take a service learning course that provides the instruction they need to work with underrepresented students in order to increase access and readiness for college.

 The Near Peer Program Goals

• Provide “Near Peer” mentoring services to underrepresented students at partner high schools;

• Increase awareness among underrepresented students about applying and paying for college;

• Increase awareness among underrepresented students about various career opportunities;

• Promote college opportunities in a positive way to the underrepresented students served;

• Provide information about college life and classroom experiences to the underrepresented students served; and

• Develop a sense of community involvement for college students serving as Near Peer mentors.

Course Information:

HONS 2000: Near Peer Service Learning Seminar

The CRN#: 2685 (1 credit hour)

Time: Mondays  11:00 am-11:50 am

Instructors: Dr. Chuchu Wu & Dr. Queen Brown