Broward College’s Peer Mentoring Program Wins the 2021-2022 Volunteer Florida AmeriCorps Program of the Year

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (December 8, 2022) – Broward College has once again been recognized for its exceptional student support. The College’s Peer Mentoring and Leadership Program was awarded the 2021-2022 Volunteer Florida AmeriCorps Program of the Year award. The award recognizes a high-performing program that has gone above and beyond “For Commitment to Leadership, Service and Impact.”

The Broward College Peer Mentoring and Leadership Program began in 2019 as the first of its kind in the country. The program, funded partly by Volunteer Florida AmeriCorps and developed in partnership with PeerForward in College, matches 52 student mentors by career pathways with approximately 500 student mentees.

This initiative is improving retention and completion. The fall-to-fall retention rate for students with a Peer Mentor is 35 percent higher when compared to the general student population, and 66 percent higher for Peer Mentors when compared to the general student population. Similarly, the three-year completion rate for students with a Peer Mentor is 50 percent higher when compared to the general student population, and 146 percent higher for Peer Mentors compared to the general student population. Based on its demonstrated success in improving the student experience, the Peer Mentoring program has been scaled, as of August 1, 2022, to double the impact to 104 mentors supporting 1,000 mentees.

“We are thankful for our partners Volunteer Florida AmeriCorps and PeerForward for their collaboration and funding of the Broward College Peer Mentoring program,” said Gregory Adam Haile, J.D., Broward College President. “Together, we have ensured students achieve their academic dreams. The Peer Mentoring program has demonstrated the power of connection in enhancing a student’s sense of belonging and overall college experience. It removes barriers to success by creating a safe space for student success modeling, mentorship, and personal and professional development, all in a community of support and resource sharing.”

For more information about the College’s Peer Mentoring and Leadership program, please visit broward.edu/mentoring. For more about Volunteer Florida, please visit https://www.volunteerflorida.org/americorps/.

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Serving approximately 56,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees, and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the College is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit  www.broward.edu.

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