A passion for student development defines a successful START Mentor you don't need to be a STEM major to influence the next generation of STEM. START equips every mentor with online or in-person accredited mentor training, certified level 1 through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) - a great addition to your resume or CV.

START pairs Mentors with a high school Junior or Senior in our START Apprentice Program. Together, Apprentice/Mentor pairs receive authentic lab and research experiences on campus and beyond, learning real-world practices and applications. Mentors give insight into the college experience, decision making, goal setting and available paths, while modeling academic resilience and success. 

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CRLA Certification

Certification communicates validity to critics, prestige among colleagues, and credibility to administrators and other institutional stakeholders.  The certification criteria provided by CRLA’s IPTPC can be used to develop a new program of peer educator training, revise an existing program, or expand a program into new areas of perceived need.  As with tutor certification, IPTPC is a "living" program: criteria are reviewed annually in light of professional input and new learning in the field.

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