LEAP - Applications are CLOSED for 2020-2021

Early Decision Deadline: April 30, 2020

Final Deadline (for remaining spaces): May 31, 2020

                        


Overview

LEAP is a mentoring program designed to provide a supportive community to help ease the transition to college and help promote student success at UWSP. New students will be paired with mentors who are upper-level undergraduate students chosen for their leadership skills and willingness to share their knowledge. During the summer, those who apply and are selected for the program will be connected with a mentor. At the end of the summer, LEAP students will move in four days early. This will allow the LEAP students the opportunity to get ahead of the game!  They will spend those four days at UWSP meeting other first-year students and learning about the resources at UWSP and strategies to make a successful transition from high school to college. During the school year, LEAP students will continue to work with their mentors, live together in a living-learning community, as well as take a 1-credit class on college success skills during both semesters of their first year.

Program Benefits (All at no additional cost to full-time UWSP students selected for LEAP Mentoring)

  • Summer social media outreach and communication with a mentor
  • Mentor outreach and programming from July 1 – end of Spring 2021 semester
  • Free four-day pre-semester transition experience (August 25 - 29) which includes:
    • Introduction to campus resources and faculty/staff to support you at UWSP     
    • If we are in-person, all lodging and most meals will be at UWSP (residence halls and campus dining), other meals will be included in LEAP outings
  • One-credit ED 104 Transition to College Course (included in tuition for those taking 12-18 credits)
  • Gathering with Chancellor Bernie Patterson

Qualifications

All incoming students are eligible. There are spaces for 25 mentees. Mentee selection is based on perceived difficulty in transitioning to higher education, Central Wisconsin, and UWSP. Selection will be based on:

  • distance from home
  • first-generation status
  • socioeconomic status
  • personal stories
* Qualification may be entirely based on a personal story, even if the student does not identify with any of the other qualifiers.  If you have questions, please contact us!

Applying

Applications available here.

Apply by April 30, 2020 for early decision. 

Apply by May 31, 2020 for second deadline.

Contacts

For questions or more information contact:



Dr. Trisha Lamers


Director Tutoring-Learning; LEAP Mentor Trainer


715-346-2150


tlamers@uwsp.edu

2020-2021 Mentors


Elizabeth Affolter

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Special Education 

Year 

Sophomore

Hometown

Colfax, WI

Involvement on Campus 

LEAP (2019-2020 Mentee, 2020-2021 Mentor)

Favorite thing about UWSP?

My favorite thing about UWSP is how nice everyone is and anyone is willing to help you.

Why Are You Excited about Being a Mentor?

I am excited to be a mentor because having a mentor my first year of college really helped me through the hard times. I want help students with the transition into college.

 





Chris Blackmon

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Pre-Occupational Therapy

Year

Junior

Hometown

Milwaukee, WI

Involvement on Campus

LEAP, Black Student Union (BSU), Impact, Intramural Sports

Favorite Thing about UWSP?

My favorite aspect about UWSP is the open community and strong culture that this school and community has, it's very welcoming and makes you feel connected. 

Why Are You Excited about Being a Mentor?

This will be my third year involved in the LEAP program having both been a mentee and mentor before, I'm most excited to meet all the new mentees and help them in their transition into college at UW-Stevens Point! 

 




Emily Furlano

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Social Work and Sociology 

Year

Senior

Hometown

Woodstock, Illinois 

Involvement on Campus

LEAP Mentor, Peer Educator for the Center for Prevention, Intramural Sports, CRU, and Sociology and Social Work Organization

Favorite Thing about UWSP?

My favorite thing about UWSP is how welcoming the campus is. It has become my home away from home. 

Why Are You Excited about Being a Mentor?

I am very excited to be a mentor for a second year because I want to be a role model and support system to incoming students. This is something that I wish I would have had my freshman year of college. I am happy that I get the opportunity to help others with the transition to their next phase of life. I hope that I can have the same impact on someone else's life that the mentors who have been apart of my life have had on me.

 



Chey Ihm

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Conservation Law Enforcement

Year

Junior

Hometown

Fennimore, Wi

Involvement on Campus

Peer mentor at the CNR SSC, Staff at Schmeeckle Reserve 

Favorite Thing about UWSP?

The faculty/staff that truly care and have helped me grow. 

Why Are You Excited about Being a Mentor?

I'm excited to mentor again because it has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had. Helping someone else to grow and to be the support that I needed my freshman year is so rewarding. 

 

 




Jai Logue

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English- Writing, Editing and Publishing

Minor

Creative Writing

Year

Sophomore

Hometown

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Involvement on Campus

LEAP (Previous Year Mentee)

Favorite Thing about UWSP?

How can I pick just one thing? I guess if I absolutely had to choose, I would pick Schmeeckle Reserve.

Why Are You Excited about Being a Mentor?

Having a mentor myself helped me so much, being able to talk to someone about the things I am going through was such a valuable experience. I'm excited to be able to create a similar experience for others.