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Overall, I think this was a great week of service learning. There was plenty of opportunity to grow for the students and I believe this is a perfect program to get new MSU Honors students involved.

Chris Wells, 2017 HC IMPACT Mentor

This program is a benefit to both the mentor and the participant, and being such like-minded yet diverse individuals made it worthwhile.

Amulya Jain, 2017 HC IMPACT Mentor

Program Description
The Honors College is holding a service-learning week from Sunday, August 22 through Saturday, August 29 for 40 incoming first-year students. Student participants will live on campus in a residence hall and engage in service projects with different community based organizations, critically reflect with one another on their experiences, and build community with other incoming first-year students. In the event the program must transition online, participants will not move on campus to participate in HC IMPACT.  

HC IMPACT Mentor Position Information
Mentors should possess an ethic of service, with clear commitment to working with MSU and the East Lansing/Lansing communities. In addition, Mentors should demonstrate a desire to work with incoming Honors College students to aid in the new students' transitions to both MSU and the Honors College.

Mentors will have the opportunity to establish relationships in the East Lansing and Lansing communities, engage with the newest members of the Honors College, and work closely with Honors College staff and faculty. Mentors will be asked to move into their on- or off-campus housing prior to the start of the program on Sunday, August 22 for an in-person HC IMPACT. 

During the week of service, Mentors will engage in the following activities: lead community building activities, aid in the transportation of participants (driving vans, etc.), facilitate reflection and discussion activities, participate in service at various sites around the community, and serve as mentors for the first-year participants.

For more information on what the program has looked like, view the 2019 HC IMPACT Participants Schedule or the 2020 HC IMPACT Participants Schedule

Applicants must be planning to enroll for classes at MSU at least through the Fall semester after the program.

Mentor applications for the 2021 program have closed. To preview the IMPACT Mentor application, you may download the 2021 application packet

2022 Timeline
    - December 2021: Applications open
    - January 2022: Applications close and résumés due
    - Early February 2022: Interviews
    - Mid/late February 2022: Mentor candidates notified of selection

Mentor Training
If offered the position, it is expected that you are available for the following training dates; participation in training is crucial to your success as a Mentor. If training dates pose a conflict in terms of your availability, there is a section in the application where you can explain further.

Session 1 will take place virtually for 90-120 minutes. Sessions 2-6 will take place virtually for 90 minutes. Sessions 3-6 are tentative dates and will be finalized based upon Mentor availability.

2021 Training Dates
     - Session 1: Saturday, March 6, Time TBA, Zoom
     - Session 2: Saturday, April 10, Time TBA, Zoom
     - Session 3: Saturday, May 15, Time TBA, Zoom
     - Session 4: Saturday, June 5, Time TBA, Zoom
     - Session 5: Saturday, July 17, Time TBA, Zoom
     - Session 6: Saturday, August 7, Time TBA, Zoom
     - Session 7: Sunday, August 22 (1st day of IMPACT), Mentor meeting @ 12:30PM, Location TBA

Please direct any questions about HC IMPACT to Program Coordinator Erika Trigg Crews.