New Community Mentor Application | St. Lawrence University Community Based Learning

New Community Mentor Application


The Community Mentor (CM) position requires enthusiastic, articulate students who possess a strong work ethic, outstanding written and oral communication skills, and are extremely organized, dependable, and highly self-motivated. The primary role of the CM is to serve as a liaison between the Community Based Learning (CBL) office, community partners, students enrolled in CBL courses, and faculty by communicating through email, meetings, and site visits. Specifically, CMs will be expected to:

  • Participate in fall and spring training
  • Facilitate an on-campus orientation (CBL logistics, policies, and procedures) and driver certification (part one) for CBL students
  • Assist community partner with their agency orientation (as needed)
  • Track students' weekly engagement 
  • Troubleshoot any issues/concerns that arise
  • Engage in on-going communication with various constiutents involved in the CBL experience

Additionally, CMs are expected to promote a culture of engagement by attending professional and leadership development workshops throughout the semester, participate in marketing efforts of the CBL office, as well an array of other short and long term projects as assigned by the CBL staff. There are opportunities to take on additional responsibilities and assignments after a one-semester probation period or as determined by the CBL staff.

The CBL office places a high value on inclusivity and cultural effectiveness, and encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds


  • Rising sophomore, junior, or senior
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA (at least a 2.75 GPA for rising sophomores)
  • Good social standing with the university

Please Note:

  • Applicants are not required to have taken a CBL course in order to apply; however, should have experience working with local community partners in the North Country or their home communities, and can demonstrate a high level of commitment to community initiatives.
  • CMs are hired for an entire academic year. Any student planning to study abroad in fall (2021) and/or spring (2022) should still apply during regular recruitment to secure a spot within the program.Requirements

Before beginning this application, please have the following documents ready to upload:

  1. Cover Letter (no more than 250 words): Describe how your leadership philosophy and style. Describe how your community engagement experiences make you an ideal Community Mentor candidate. Also, please speak to your ability to fulfill key duties: maintain and nurture campus-community partnerships; guide and oversee CBL experience for peers; maintain open communication between all CBL constituents including community partners, faculty and staff, CBL students, and CBL staff; and promote a campus culture of engagement.
  2. Current (unofficial) Transcript
  3. Current Resume

Recommendation Forms: Please forward the Recommendation Form to your references.

  1. Name of SLU Faculty/Staff who will be completing recommendation form
  2. Name of Community Member who will be completing recommendation form (member of the local community is preferred, if none is available, a member of the community from one's hometown may be used

Deadlines & Details

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All application materials are to be submitted online
Application Deadline: Wednesday, 6/16
Interviews: June 21-23
Decision Notification: June 25
Student Decisions:  June 30

Please contact Brenda Papineau,, 315.229.5255.