Peer Advocates would attend their assigned developmental class on a weekly basis, participate in a service experience with the students in the class and serve as a mentor for those students. Each Peer Advocate receives training that enables them to support their students at an extremely sophisticated and learned level. Miami's Advocates receive training in the following areas:
1. Bridges Out of Poverty (abridged)
2. Mental Health First Aid Training
3. How to facilitate a reflection (after service activity)
4. Discussion of sexual harassment and FERPA
5. SMART-er Goals
6. Active listening and problem solving
7. Professionalism and study skills
8. Diversity and Inclusion
9. Ohio Benefit Bank
10. Basic financial aid questions
11. Community Resources
12. Institutional Knowledge
Ron Blassingame, the year three OCC VISTA at Miami, has helped the C2C program transition to institutionalization and sustain without a VISTA. After three years of Connect2Complete Miami will maintain the Peer Advocate training model and continue addressing first-generation Pell-grant eligible student retention through a TRiO program on campus, which they expect will have the same outcomes with the Peer Advocates and the C2C student cohort. Ron has provided the TRiO coordinators with a wealth of resources from the C2C program, including any challenges he faced so the program can transition and function with no hiccups.
Through the support of the TRiO peer advocates (called Student Ambassadors) students of opportunity will have access to an incredibly knowledgeable peer, and therefore persist in their semester completion by overcoming barriers that they might not be able to navigate alone.
OCC would like to recognize the Miami University Hamilton C2C Team over the past three years, Sarah Woiteshek-Pietzuch, Suesann Sepela, Rachael Lange (C2C VISTA for 2013-14 and 14-15) and Ronald Blassingame (C2C VISTA 2015-2016) for their hard work and dedication to make the institutionalization and success of the program possible!