Alumni Mentorship

Make a Difference: Become a Mentor with "FLI Tigers & Friends"!

For any student, navigating Princeton and figuring out what they want to do post-graduation can be challenging. For FLI students who may be the first person in their family to go to college, this can be especially daunting. Alumni who work as mentors can make a tremendous difference in the lives of their fellow Tigers, and help to shape the next generation of our country’s leaders.

In collaboration with the Class of '79, Princeton's Programs for Access and Inclusion began its “FLI Tigers & Friends” summer mentorship program in 2019. Over the last two summers, more than 200 students and over 100 alumni have participated! Alumni mentors two possible paths to participate:

  • A six-week mentoring program during the summer.
  • An open-ended mentoring program beginning in the summer and running as long as mentors and mentees deem the relationship productive.  

"FLI Tigers & Friends" will open again during the summer of 2021, so please keep it on your radar if you want to mentor current Princeton students 1-on-1!

Here’s how the program works: 

  • Students and mentors complete a survey about themselves and their backgrounds. 
  • Mentor Collective matches students and mentors based on similar interests and backgrounds, as well as what’s important to them. (Mentor Collective is our partner organization that’s developed the online platform specifically for Princeton.)
  • Once mentors and mentee are matched, they can work out when and how it works best for them to communicate (in person, on the phone, Zoom, etc.). 
  • Participants use the Mentor Collective platform to log conversations and share their experiences with the program.  
  • Whichever path an alumni mentor chooses  – the six week or the open-ended option – our expectation is that mentors and mentees have at least two substantive conversations during this time, as well as an initial goal-setting conversation. 

Please contact Dr. Andy Hakim at ahakim@princeton.edu if you’d like more information.