LEAD+ (LEAP) Mentor Research

                        

Contact

For questions or more information, contact:

Dr. Trisha Lamers
Tutoring-Learning Center Director
LEAD+ (LEAP) Summer Bridge Program Director
715-346-2150


 Description and Program History

LEAD+ is a mentoring program designed to provide a supportive community to help ease the transition to college, help promote student success at UWSP, and develop the next generation of campus leaders. 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 two days early. This will allow the LEAP students the opportunity to get ahead of the game!  They will spend those two 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 fall semester, LEAP students will continue to work, weekly, with their mentors on mentee goals and the development of leadership skills. Mentees will also take a 1-credit class on college success skills. The course is PSL 104: LEAD+, College Transition and Leadership


 Schedule

  1. Summer I – Virtual Mentoring (June 14, 2021 – August 13, 2021)
  2. Summer II – LEAD – Early Move-in: Two-Week Transition to College Experience (August 14 - 27, 2021)

  3. Fall Semester – August 28, 2021 – December 17, 2021 (16 weeks)

    • Mentees will take the PSL 104 – LEAD+: College Transition and Leadership in the fall semester (included in tuition for those taking 12-18 credits)

 Qualifications

There are spaces for 48 mentees. Mentees will be selected based on applications. See the LEAD/LEAD+ website for more details on how to apply and who qualifies.

LEAD+ (LEAP) Participant Performance and Program Assessment

 LEAP 2017 Cohort: Utilizing Institutional Research Data on Freshman-Standing (FR) Under-Represented Minorities (URM)

Criteria LEAP FR URM (21) Non-LEAP FR URM (203) Difference
GPA 2.71 2.46 +0.25
Retention (Fall to Spring Enrollment) 0.952 (95.2%) 0.828 (82.8%) +12.4%

 

 LEAP 2017 Cohort: Utilizing Institutional Research Data on Freshman-Standing (FR) First-Gen, Under-Represented Minorities (URM)

Criteria LEAP FR URM 1st Gen (14) Non-LEAP FR URM 1st Gen (108) Difference
GPA 2.77 2.28 +0.49
Retention (Fall to Spring Enrollment) 1.0 (100%) 0.759 (75.9%) +24.1%

LEAD+ (LEAP) Undergraduate Mentor Research Findings:

 Mentoring and Mentee Wellbeing (2020 Research by: Eliza McPike and Trisha Lamers)

  • Research Question: How does having a near peer mentor as a first year college student affect the overall wellbeing of the mentee?

  • Findings: (6= strongly agree; 1= strongly disagree)
  "I feel very integrated into the university community." "I feel an active part of the university community." "I feel a strong positive connection to the university." "I have at least one person who I can turn to for emotional support at the university." "I have at least one person who I can turn to for academic support at the university." I have at least one university faculty or staff member who I can turn to when I have questions. I expect to graduate from this university in four to six years.
LEAP (20) 4.6 4.4 4.9 5.3 5.4 5.2 5.4
Non-LEAP (259) 4.1 3.8 4.2 4.4 4.6 4.6 5.0
Difference 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.9 0.8 0.6 0.4
Chi-Square p Result (p=0.128) (p=0.288) (p=.143) (p=0.021) (p=0.011) (p=.131) (p=0.179)



 Mentoring and Racial Minority Institutional Satisfaction at a PWI (2021 Research by: Chris Blackmon and Trisha Lamers)

  • Research Question: How does peer mentoring affect institutional satisfaction at a PWI for undergraduate racial minorities?
  • Findings: Statistical Significance was Found in Two Areas 
    • Mentored UWSP female students of color reported stronger agreement with the statement, "I feel socially engaged at UWSP," than did non-mentored UWSP females students of color (p = 0.034). 
      • In the table below, green indicates the group with the highest institutional satisfaction. Red indicates the group with the lowest institutional satisfaction. 


    • UWSP LEAP-Mentored African Americans reported stronger agreement with the statement, "I feel socially engaged at UWSP," than did non-mentored UWSP African Americans (p=0.038).

      • In the table below, green indicates the group with the highest institutional satisfaction. Red indicates the group with the lowest institutional satisfaction. 


  • Findings: Trends
    • Overall, mentored UWSP students reported more institutional satisfaction than non-mentored UWSP students. 
    • In the table below, green indicates the group with the highest institutional satisfaction. Red indicates the group with the lowest institutional satisfaction. 


 Mentoring and Educational Outcomes of At-Risk Youth in the BBBS Program (2021 Research by: Emily Furlano and Trisha Lamers)

  • Research Question: An exploration of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS): How does mentoring affect the educational outcomes of at-risk youth from the mentor’s perspective?

  • Findings: Coming soon: Mentors reported that mentoring in the BBBS program had a positive effect on the educational outcomes of "Littles" - including academic performance, attendance, persistence, and the creation and maintenance of relationships with peers and school staff. There was a noticable difference between the effects of mentoring on educational outcomes reported by male vs. female mentors - with female mentors reporting a larger positive impact on educational outcomes.
  • Research Presentation Link

 Mentoring and its Effect on Minority Women in the College of Natural Resources (2021 Research by: Chey Ihm and Trisha Lamers)

  • Research Question: What are the effects of mentoring on academic, social belonging, and self-efficacy for undergraduate first-year women majoring in Natural Resources? 

  • Findings: Coming soon

Mentors

 2020-2021 Mentors

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.



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