The Campus Mentorship Program is an app/educational course that helps promote and build the student community, encouraging connections and improving the overall educational experience with a successful mentoring system. This allows fourth year students to apply to be a mentor and gain three credits towards their transcript when they fulfill the requirements of the program, whereas mentees get to be matched with their mentors through a filtering algorithm that will match them with the perfect mentor in their program.
The problem is how do we get schools to strengthen the community by encouraging experienced students to connect with new students and help them adjust to campus life? How can mentors and mentees have a better way of finding each other? How do I get mentors to sign up & use the app with their busy university schedules? Being a fourth year student myself and through observational research, I can see that courses are very demanding and stressful at times and it could be hard to obtain these credits with some extra time to spare.
The solution to this problem is to design a mobile application for experienced mentors and new student mentees to connect and find one another through their university institution to build a strong sense of community on campus as well as build bonds and network for the future. This will create a faster and more efficient way for students to connect anywhere at any time and help new students to adjust to campus life with mentors enrolled in the same program. This will even lower the mental health that students face by reducing course anxiety that mentors are facing, allowing them to relieve some stress by spreading their knowledge as well as helping mentees get hands-on guidance throughout the introduction of their campus journey.
With this creative solution, it acknowledges and gives back to the fourth year mentors for their time and efforts. When the mentor signs up and mentors around 4-5 mentees completing 60+ hours throughout either half a term or full term, they will receive 3 credits added onto their transcript. Of course it would have to be approved by the university boards, admins and the program directors of the programs institutions. I believe this is a great way to get more mentors involved and to sign up, get involved and help improve and build a stronger community of students that will eventually be leading the future.