The College Reading Skills Program began mentoring services in Fall 2001. It has proven to be a positive experience for both mentors and mentees.

CRSP provides two types of mentoring sessions: professional and peer. The professional mentoring session is held once per quarter. In this session, students join a discussion that is conducted by a professional staff member from an office on campus. The mentors present on different subject topics such as financial aid, stress and time management, cultural centers or graduate school. Students can also participate in peer mentoring during their sessions with their tutor/mentor. The topic of discussion can be one that was presented at the group mentoring session or a topic that the student requests.

In Fall 2008, CRSP instituted structured peer mentoring workshops, featuring topics such as financial planning, library resources, time and stress management, and campus cultural centers and related resources.

The purpose of either type of session is to provide the mentees with useful information and personal advising. The intention is to enable students to make a connection with the campus and to broaden their knowledge of the opportunities and resources that are available to them at Cal Poly Pomona.

Mentoring Philosophy
The College Reading Skills Program (CRSP) is dedicated to the academic success and persistence of first generation, low-income, and/or disabled - Cal Poly Pomona students. A student-centered approach is the program’s foundation for understanding and serving the diverse needs of its students. Each student is given individualized attention from administrative staff and peer mentors to encourage progress in her/his personal and academic development. By participating in CRSP mentoring services, students can become better informed of campus resources. CRSP’s mentoring services are performed with integrity, understanding, and a desire to assist and support CRSP students.

Mentoring Mission Statement
The principle goal of the program is to provide academic and personal support to CRSP students so they may persist at the University and graduate in a timely manner. The program’s mentoring component is one means toward achieving this goal. It is intended to serve as an invaluable experience for both mentors and mentees. Mentors guide their mentees in successfully navigating their way toward accomplishing intended educational goals. Such navigation includes increasing mentees’ awareness of CPP policies, procedures, and resources that affect their academic progress. It also includes heightening mentees’ consciousness of the values associated with participating in the diverse social and extra-curricular opportunities offered by various CPP departments and organizations. Effective mentor/mentee relationships allow mentees to develop a connection with the university and its resources. This connection is vital to all students’ academic success.

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