After tasting success, and earning the trust and respect from adults & peers alike, youth develop a hunger for something greater. Therefore, ManUp Iowa designed an additional opportunity as an incentive for youth who have the drive to challenge themselves to a level they never before thought possible. The opportunity is called the: ManUp Iowa Peer Mentor Program.
ManUp Iowa Peer Mentors eventually go on to serve along side the ManUp Iowa Team by serving as a Peer Mentor for new and or struggling mentees. Not only does this provide incentive for Peer Mentors to remain in the program, it also provides them with an opportunity to continue to grow as both a leader and a young man. However, the most important impact that may result from a ManUp Iowa Peer Mentors role may be the fact that new and or struggling youth whom may be hard to engage by adult mentors, may relate more to the Peer Mentor and therefore continue in the program long enough to change their thinking.
"Peer Mentorship is real life leadership experience that ManUp Iowa youth have at their finger tips. An invaluable experience that is not readily available to the majority of young men in K-12." - Director of ManUp Iowa
ManUp Iowa Peer Mentor Council
When youth reach Milestone 4, they may be nominated by the ManUp Iowa Peer Mentor Council to become a ManUp Iowa Peer Mentor candidate. After the nomination process is over, candidates start a course in leadership training that will prepare them to become effective Peer Mentors.
The first two ManUp Iowa Peer Mentors to become officially activated were also awarded the honor of becoming the first two youth to serve on the ManUp Iowa Peer Mentor Council. Youth who serve on the council, along with adult team members from ManUp Iowa, convene monthly to discuss new Peer Mentor candidates. Active Peer Mentors also have a role of serving as part of the nomination ceremony when new candidates are awarded a certificate that officially acknowledges them as a Peer Mentor in training.