Peer Mentor Program

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Summer 2024

Peer Mentor Program

Peer Mentors help support CAN’s growing network of students in their day-to-day activities and throughout their time in middle school. Our team of Peer Mentors serve to bridge the gap between our educators and students, providing support and guidance to each CAN student. Each Peer Mentor is handpicked by our administrative staff based on their ability to connect with students and help them grow.

Peer Mentors are provided a paid, hands on educational experience working with students during CAN programs. This provides experience in communication, leadership, organization, education, community development, and more. CAN recruits between 5 and 10 mentors each year, so spots are limited!

Here’s what previous Peer Mentors have said about working at CAN:

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Peer mentor Program

Application Details

As a Peer Mentor, you’ll attend classes and spend the day with our CAN scholars. Peer Mentors are also responsible for supporting the CAN faculty and staff in preparing for and teaching classes and activities.

Peer Mentors support and work alongside the CAN Summer Academy’s experienced faculty both during the summer session and at the quarterly follow-up sessions.  Peer Mentors serve as role models to students, providing friendship, support, and inspiration.

Peer Mentor compensation is determined by location and is based on experience. 

  • Supporting teachers in the classroom and other activities.
  • Supervising students and encouraging participation in and out of the classroom.
  • Using unstructured time to build relationships with students.
  • Participating in quarterly follow-up events and other events as necessary.
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited college or university (or have graduated within the past 2 years at the time of application).
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Available for mandatory half-day orientation sessions in late June/early July. (Date TBD)
  • Available from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, weekdays during the length of the program.
  • Experience with or demonstrated interest in working with children aged 9-15.
  • Interest in working during multiple summers, providing continuity to returning students.
  • Ability to participate in Quarterly Check-In Events.
Ready to Apply?

Applications are open until May 1 of the program year. We will reach out to students with decisions regarding employment by May 15th. Applications can be completed using the link below or printed and mailed to PO Box 2427 Joplin, MO 64803.

Additional application materials, such as cover letters, resumes, CVs, transcripts, etc. can be submitted via email to

For more information: Contact

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