Peer Mentors

Peer mentors form the foundation for student success in our program.  Project FOCUS peer mentors are UArizona students that come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but are united in their passion for working with our students.  We are so lucky to have such great peer mentors!!

As a role model, advocate and ambassador of Project FOCUS, our peer mentors support students in a variety of collegiate activities including: attending courses with students; assisting with homework and studying; job coaching at work sites; engaging and encouraging social opportunities; and participating in campus activities, clubs and events.

We are always looking for DEDICATED students interested in becoming peer mentors in Project FOCUS.  Although useful, no prior experience in working with students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities is required to apply.  All peer mentors will receive a program orientation and training before supporting students one-on-one.  Additionally, our certified teachers provide ongoing supervision and support throughout the semester.

group of students and peer mentors at a football game

Students and peer mentors enjoy Wildcat sporting events.

Project FOCUS student and peer mentor work on a computer on campus

Peer mentors support students with their academics and attend classes.

A student working at the UArizona bookstore with a peer mentor looking on as support

Peer mentors also support students at their community-based internships.