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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 23 through Saturday, August 30, 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.

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 23. 

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 last year’s program looked like, view the 2019 HC IMPACT Participants Schedule.

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

Applications for the 2020 program have closed. Applications for 2021 will be available in November 2020. To view last year's application, you may download the application packet

2020 Timeline
    - January 5: Applications close and résumés due
    - January 13-24: Interviews
    - January 24: Mentor candidates notified of selection
    - January 29 at 11:59PM: Deadline to accept offer 

2021 Timeline
    - November 2020: Applications open
    - Early January 2021: Applications close and résumés due
    - Mid/late January 2021: Interviews
    - Late January/early February 2021: 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.

2020 Training Dates
     - Session 1: Saturday, February 8, 10AM-4PM, 207/208 Eustace-Cole Hall
     - Session 2: Sunday, March 15, 2-5PM, 207/208 Eustace-Cole Hall
     - Session 3: Sunday, April 5, 2-5PM, 207/208 Eustace-Cole Hall
     - Session 4: Mid-late July phone/video chat, date & time TBD based on Mentor availability
     - Session 5: Sunday, August 23 (1st day of IMPACT), Mentor meeting @ 12:30PM

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