Students from Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Emory, Agnes Scott and other area colleges and universities are invited to apply and be matched with refugee and immigrant students in the community with similar experiences, backgrounds, and career aspirations. MINA mentors attend monthly summits with their mentees and communicate with them on a regular basis. MINA mentors must submit to a background check, must demonstrate a commitment to refugee and immigrant issues, and must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their current studies, be a graduate student in good standing, or a college alum. Being a successful college student qualifies you to be a mentor with MINA.
- To become a MINA Mentor submit an application online.
- MINA members will be in touch regarding your application status. MINA mentors are assigned a coach who is a member of the MINA executive committee.
- New MINA Mentors attend a ½ day training and leadership seminar offered in March. They meet their mentee at the summit and begin their partnership.
- MINA Mentors correspond with their mentees and attend monthly summit meetings. MINA Mentors interested in a more active role in the organization are encouraged to join one of the organizing committees.
New American students are referred to MINA by community organizations, NGOs, friends of MINA, and high school teachers. A MINA mentee will typically fall into one of three categories:
- a refugee or immigrant student who is 18 and does not have a high school credential.
- a refugee or immigrant student currently a senior in a U.S. high school.
- a refugee or immigrant student with a foreign high school credential.
All MINA mentees must complete an application.
Monthly summit meetings will focus on one particular aspect of the college application process and college success:
- GED testing
- language acquisition
- college placement tests
- visa interviews
- writing essays
- financial aid
- college life
- choosing a major
- jobs and internships
Each summit will feature a guest speaker/expert on the topic of the summit. After a 30 minute presentation, mentors and mentees have time to ask questions and work. Monthly summits take place at Georgia State University-Clarkston.