How to Become a LEAD Mentor

LEAD, Latina/o Empowerment at De Anza, is a year-round program, and students from all majors at De Anza College may participate. LEAD Peer Mentors provide leadership in the LEAD community by working directly with students in our classes. Mentors help new students in making the transition to college life and learning how to succeed as members of the larger community. They also assist in achieving the goals of the program, which are to:

  • understand issues in the Latino community and their effect on all people 
  • improve leadership skills, so that we can provide service to, and learn from, the communities we serve
  • build a strong, lasting sense of familia and community that sustain all students during their time at De Anza, and beyond
  • advocate for quality education for all people, regardless of immigration status, race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability to pay
  • serve as a role model in order to share what it means to be an excellent student and valuable community member. 


For consideration, candidates must possess the following

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Must be available to attend LEAD Mentor training in spring quarter 
  • Must attend the weekly Mentor Meeting with other Mentors and LEAD faculty

Preferred qualifications:

  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Superior time-management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of their own major and college resources
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in spite of challenges
  • Self-motivation
  • Project management and organizational skills

Mentor Responsibilities:

All Peer Mentors for the LEAD Learning Community will have the following responsibilities:

  • Attend all class sessions and facilitate familia work in the classroom. Help instructor as needed
  • Guide students to academic and community resources
  • Aid in building group dynamics within the familias and in the community
  • Attend a weekly meeting with the LEAD faculty and other mentors
  • Assist LEAD Community Coordinator in planning field trips/site visits
  • Meet individually with student proteges as needed
  • Record observations of students assigned to mentor, and submit quarterly report to the Instructor or Community Coordinator as needed
  • Participate in service learning projects with the LEAD community
  • Coordinate and participate in quarterly Mentor retreats/training workshops (focused on sharing individual skills and strengths)
  • Coordinate one social activity/team-building event per quarter
  • Maintain participant email list or Facebook page, and provide information about assignments and ideas to all members through this list. Individual class instructors should be included in these communications if appropriate and desirable.
  • Help students become familiar with college resources; advise and refer students to appropriate resources, as the need arises.
  • Participate in choosing, training, and supporting new Mentors.


Contact Alicia Cortez at 408.864.8365 or

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