Organization name: Ball State University

Program Type

Mentoring and career navigation programs

Ages Served:

19-25 Years


Brief Program Summary: REACH (Retain, Engage, Aspire, Connect, Help) Peer Mentoring program is a 1-credit hour course (EDHI 401 800) designed to assist participants in successfully transitioning to life as a Ball State student. The program helps first-year students adjust to the academic, social, personal and professional challenges, with a focus on the experiences of students of color and first-generation college students. Program Goals: • Connect first-year students with an upper-class mentor, who will help guide them through the transition to life at Ball State University • Provide intentional interactions with mentors, faculty, staff and alumni who encourage and support mentees through their unique cultural journey through college • Inform mentees of academic, social, and personal resources to help them successfully navigate university systems and processes • Help retain and graduate mentees through four years at Ball State University
Success Metrics: First semester GPA, involvement in student organization, and retention rates.


Number Served & Racial Distribution:

Total Number of Individuals Annually Served


Black or African Americans Annually Served


Hispanic or Latinos Annually Served


Geographic Scope:

− Central Indiana Counties: N/A
− Additional/Other Areas of Focus: N/A


Annual Operating Cost: $1,000
Initial Start-Up Cost: $0

Contact Information

Organization Name: Ball State University
Website: peer-mentoring-program
Respondents Name: Diane Watters
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