Faculty and Staff
The FastStart Altoona mentoring program connects new Penn State Altoona students from diverse backgrounds with an upper-level student mentor and a faculty or staff mentor.
Faculty and staff mentors help make the University more manageable to a new student by providing advice, referring the student to available services within the University and the community, and just being a friend. The program provides mentors with the opportunity to develop a supportive relationship with a Penn State Altoona student and to assist this student with his or her transition to college. Being a FastStart Altoona mentor offers both personal and professional benefits.
If appropriate, the faculty or staff mentor may want to include the student in activities such as social events, lectures, athletic events, and community meetings. Assistance with funding for students to attend these events is available through the program.
Student participation in the program is voluntary and because each mentor is assigned just one student per year it is highly individualized with each match determining the parameters of their involvements. Mentors may provide support on a wide range of topics including careers, time-management, extra-curricular activities, classes, and getting to know the Altoona community, to name a few.
As a volunteer with FastStart, you make a difference to Penn State Altoona by helping new students transition to college. No matter how close a relationship you develop with your mentee, just by being available to your student protégé, you will contribute to his or her experiences and success at Penn State Altoona.
If you are a faculty or staff member of Penn State Altoona and are interested in becoming a mentor for FastStart Altoona, please contact:
Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity