To offer “elite” mentoring programming for students at Santa Fe Community College.
The Mission of the Santa Fe Community College Peer to Peer Mentor/Ambassador is to promote student retention and to foster student success in collaboration with other departments at SFCC. The Mentor/Ambassadors represents the college by portraying SFCC’s mission and core values. To give peer support by enhancing both personal and professional growth and to build academic skills, foster leadership development, enrich students socially and promote career exploration and preparation.
Meet the Team
Anticipated graduation Fall 2021
Hello, my name is Jhenna Salas. I hold and maintain many titles which include mother, role model, survivor, confidant, student, employee, daughter, sister, and wife. This will be my third year attending Santa Fe Community College and my second year being part of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Due to life, currently I am a sophomore pursuing Social Work. By 2022, I hope to also have a certificate in Trauma Aid. Behind the different titles and certificates, I am a person and an individual just like you!
Hobbies: Fishing, Camping, Swimming, Rock Collecting and Volunteering.
Respiratory Care Program
Anticipated Graduation in summer 2022
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I graduated from Medical School at the National University of La Plata, Buenos Aires. I got my Boards in Anesthesiology in 1994. My family and I migrated to United States in 2003. I lived in Corpus Christi, TX, Clayton, NM until I moved to Santa Fe in 2010. I have 25 years old son and a 13 years old daughter. Because my husband was diagnosed with cancer, I decided to go back to school in 2020 where I’m studying to be a Respiratory Therapist.
Going back to college has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. While I was preparing to overcome my husband’s disease and supporting my children both, emotionally and economically. It also marked the beginning of a new journey in my life while I was getting ready to say goodbye to my husband. Because of this I decided to be here for you. I want to walk by your side on this journey. I want you to learn that the Santa Fe Community College staff really cares about you and will go above and beyond to make you succeed, because it is their mission.
Remember I am your peer and I have asked myself the same questions that you might have. I am very excited to work with you and help you thrive through the semester. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I can assure you that in this college you do belong.
Hobbies: I love walking early in the morning with my five Blue Heelers. I’m also a dancer, a
singer and love cooking and baking.
Alan O. Martinez
Anticipated graduation 2022
I was born, in Oaxaca, Mexico. I have a deep passion for sports and music. I enjoy swimming, soccer, basketball, and cycling. I also learned to play the drums, which is the thing I enjoy the must and I am currently learning to play the bass guitar.
I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2018 after I graduated from high school in Mexico. When I got here, I didn’t know anyone or anything, especially about college. I registered at SFCC where I met some amazing people like the staff and students from the “Students Ambassadors” Program. They helped me thought out the entire semester and I learned so much from them. I am truly grateful for their help and I want to give back what was given to me.
I would like to help you because I know how it feels to be in your first semester of college.
Hobbies: I have a deep passion for sports and music. I enjoy swimming, soccer, basketball, and cycling. I play the drums and learning to play the bass guitar.
Hello, my name is Vanessa Avila. I am a Hispanic first-generation college student seeking to become a Pediatric nurse. I enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling and volunteering at elementary schools. I am a student at Santa Fe Community College, a daughter and an older sister wanting to set an outstanding example for my younger siblings. I want to be a helping hand to my community and assist in any way I can and that is why being a Peer Mentor is so important to me. I am here to provide all the tools necessary to help you get a great start in your college journey.
Hobbies: Being outdoors, going to the gym and volunteering
The following documents will be needed at the time of interview
For considerations, candidates should possess the following qualifications
• Completed a minimum of 12 credits hours
• Enrolled in minimum of 6 hours of current term
• Declared degree or certificate
• Good Academic Standing
• Self-motivated to complete creative projects
• Genuine desire to support and empower peers
• Empathy for and understanding of a diverse group of students
• Ability to speak and present information to large audiences and in one-to-one situations
• Ability to communicate effectively in multi-modalities to include social media, email and text
• Ability to relate to academic struggle or empathize with students of various academic aptitude
• Flexibility and comfort working autonomously and within team setting
• Knowledge of college resources
• Attention to detail and record-keeping
• Willingness to learn new academic skills and implement resources as necessary
• Maintain excellent academic habits and behaviors
• Collaborate in presentations to students, campus organizations, and classes
• Participate with recruitment and retention initiatives
• Participate with community outreach and welcome activities
• Serve as a peer mentor to new students to offer transformative experiences
• Conduct weekly check-ins for assigned mentees
• Collaborate with peers on projects and presentations
• Develop and demonstrate skills in facilitating small and large group discussions
• Meet with program facilitator as assigned
• Commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week – schedule to be coordinated with program facilitator
$12.32 per hour per 10 hours for 16 weeks | Position starts August 16 and runs through December 3
Rehire opportunities for Spring term are available | (we work with your school schedule)
Letter of interest reflecting why YOU would be an excellent student mentor/ambassador. Identify someone who has made a difference in your college experience and why that was important for your success and how you will and make a difference.