"I Can, I Will" Mentor Program
"I Can, I Will" is a First-Year Experience Program focused on increasing the retention and graduation rates of African-American and Latino males in the Educational Opportunity Program at San Jose State University. Participants are empowered through purposeful weekly meetings with trained peer mentors who provide motivation, accountability, a process for engagement with the campus, assistance in developing a "road map to college", and a sense of community.
By the year 2014, the "I Can, I Will" program will have increased the graduation and retention rates for African-American and Latino males at SJSU by 5%. This will be achieved by empowering students through a community of support and connection, fostering a deeper understanding of self, and providing a "road map" of college.
- Assist students with transition to and navigation of SJSU
- Provide students a space for self-reflection to gain a deeper sense of self and why they are seeking a higher education degree
- Empower students to strive for academic excellence through self-ownership of education and a system of accountability
- Create a bridge to EOP and campus services
- Provide mentorship, positive role models, and a community of support and connection
How it works
Peer mentoring meetings
You are assigned a mentor who will meet with you for one hour per week.
Group meeting commitments
All mentors and mentees will be REQUIRED to attend:
- A monthly group meeting
- The "I Can, I Will" Summit - A two day event focused on the specific strengths and challenges of African-American and Latino males at SJSU.
ICIW Summit Group Pictures
Check back later for information on how to apply to the SJSU EOP "I Can, I Will" mentor program.
"It allowed me to connect with individuals with the same goal"- Miguel Hernandez
"My mentor taught me how to talk to professors and not [be] shy by actually asking for help during and after class" - Otoniel Montes
"The program motivated me to work harder and to believe in myself" - Alfonso Basulto
"My mentor was always there and he would always remind me to ask for help when I needed it" - Alex Ortega
"My mentor is my role model. Seeing that he is able to accomplish good things makes me think I can too." - Deion Early
"My mentor seemed like an older brother to me because we could relate to each other and were able to talk on a personal level." - Byron Munoz
"At first I was shy but my mentor instilled confidence which allowed me to break out of my comfort zone and be willing to ask for help." - Ari Pimentel
"My mentor was someone to talk to about anything. I had someone else to hang out with." - Damian Valencia