Who We Are:
The REACH Ambassadors are peer mentors who help first year students connect and succeed at the University of Louisville.
Ambassadors are second-year students trained and certified to mentor first-year and transfer students enrolled at the University of Louisville. Their job is to help students negotiate the transition to the UofL community by providing support, leadership and advice and helping new students connect to the university faculty, staff and services.
All students are welcome to come by the REACH Ambassador Lounges
(in Strickler 126I and 126J) to talk with an Ambassador, or simply to have a quiet, comfortable place to study.
Quotes from first year students:
- To help first year students connect and transition to university life
- To help first year students develop leadership skills and take on leadership opportunities
We do this by:
- Providing students with support, leadership and advice
- Connecting students to campus, fellow students, campus events & resources and leadership opportunities
Advantages of Mentoring
Studies have shown that students who are connected to campus generally have a higher grade point average and a more enjoyable time in college.
Students who are connected to campus are more likely to:
- Get better grades
- Have a better undergraduate experience
Mentees will also:
- Meet other students
- Receive invitations to leadership and service learning events
- Enjoy support from fellow students and new friends
- Enjoy access to two Ambassadors lounges to meet up with your mentor
- Enjoy free food at Ambassador events
Who Is Eligible to Participate in the REACH Ambassador Program?Mentees may be any first year or transfer student in degree status, regardless of college, major, ethnicity or academic status.
How Do I Get A Mentor?
- All first year students receive their REACH Ambassador at the end of the summer as the CAPS Peer Mentoring Program ends and Welcome Week begins.
- First year and transfer students can also sign up anytime during the fall and spring if they do not already have a mentor.
When Does Your Mentoring Begin?
- Your Ambassador will begin contacting you during Welcome Week to invite you to great Welcome Week events and be with you as you transition into your first week of classes through the last week of the spring semester.
- If you requested a mentor during the fall or spring, you will be contacted by their new mentor approximately one week after submitting your request for a mentor.
How Do You Continue to Connect with Your Mentor?
- Through weekly emails with your UofL email account and/or through Facebook
- Through in-person contacts around campus or the Ambassador office
- Through texting or even Skype
- Events! The Ambassador Program holds several signature events, as well as, multiple service-learning events throughout the year that you are invited to attend.
How do I Sign Up?