The mentor aspect of FLP integrates the other three parts of the program: service, seminar, and community. The mentors provide the freshmen with the support, encouragement, and insight needed to become prominent leaders on campus. The mentoring program sets FLP apart and is a great asset to the freshmen; it really is the best part of FLP.
--Geoffrey Hays, Mentor Exec. 06-07
The mentor component of the Freshman Leadership Program is what sets it apart from other groups on campus. Each freshman is placed into a mentor group, consisting of 5 or 6 other freshmen along with two FLP graduates. The mentors act as resources to their groups and provide the freshmen with advice and direction, helping them get the most out of their Creighton experience. Since there are 60 people in the program, mentor groups give freshmen the opportunity to interact with a smaller group and form relationships with people on a different level.
After listening to speakers with the larger group, freshmen participate in reflection activities facilitated by their mentors. Mentor groups also participate in individual social activities, such as group dinners or outings off-campus, allowing the group to become closer on an informal level. Many freshmen feel as though they find their ?family away from home? when they establish a relationship with their groups. The bonds formed continue even after freshman year. Mentors are part of what makes FLP such a special program, providing one of the many ways in which people can form life-long relationships while putting the principles of leadership into action.
A few mentor groups showing off their creativity this year: