For over the past decade, Mount Ida College has worked through the Learning Circle Program (TLC) to develop a robust Peer Leader/Educator Program on campus. Each year, students serve as program leaders and mentors with the goal of encouraging their peers to make healthy and productive lifestyle choices that support their academic, personal and career goals.
In 2013, TLC expanded its Peer Leader/Educator Program and began training students to become Certified Peer Educators, through the Bacchus Network’s Student Leader Empowerment Training Program. The program prepares its students leaders to model healthy lifestyle choices and educate their peers on a variety of topics essential to student success. This past year, three TLC students trained and earned certification:
Cassie Durand ‘16, Veterinary Technology
Molly Christian ‘16, Psychology and Forensic Science
Dane Finis ‘14, Business Administration
In addition to providing support and resources to students, TLC Peer Leaders plan and co-facilitate educational programs throughout the year. In 2014, the peer leaders facilitated two TLC community meetings: Utilizing Campus Resources and Sophomore Slump. The Peer Leaders/Educators also participated in a service learning project at West Roxbury Urban Science Academy in April to a group of High School juniors. Their presentation covered information about attending college, including choosing a college, financial aid/resources, campus-life, and finding your passion.
Stephanie Venizelos, who oversees the Peer Leader/Educator Program and facilities student training, recently presented “Training and Empowering Students for Peer Education” at the New England Educational Opportunity Association Conference. Venizelos is currently training a group of six Mount Ida students to become certified Peer Leaders for the fall.
To learn more about TLC at Mount Ida, please visit our online webpage.