ULA Peer Mentorship Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

The ULA Peer Mentorship Program is an inclusive program for young people of all gender expressions, different learning styles, IEP’s (individual educational plans), races, and different academic standing. Students that attend the participating schools can apply to the program. Please note our eligibility requirement that students submit certain medical records at the start of the year and report cards each marking period.



Who will the ULA Peer Mentorship Program high school students be mentoring? What will they be mentoring them about?

The ULA Peer Mentorship Program high school students will be mentoring middle school students participating in Urban Leaders Academy programming.. The ULA Peer Mentorship Program students will be mentoring the ULA middle school students on high school preparedness, the high school selection/application process, social justice issues, leadership skills, and topics related to systems of oppression.

How do I apply?

The ULA Peer Mentorship Program is a year-long after-school program therefore the application process should be completed within the first month of school. The application particular to your school can be found on this webpage when available, or you can contact your school’s administrative office for the application.


What if I can’t attend all activity days?

The ULA Peer Mentorship Program encourages its students to attend all program days in order to learn and grow the most from the program. Experience has shown that the students that participated on a constant basis or did not miss any program days were able to develop the most in their leadership, knowledge, and understanding.

However, GGE understands that sometimes unavoidable circumstances may arise. In this case, pardons are provided on an individual basis by the program staff for the students.

Students are required to notify program staff if they will be missing a program day ahead of time unless circumstances make this impossible.


Does this program cost me money?

The ULA Peer Mentorship Program is being provided as an after-school program from Girls for Gender Equity which is a non-profit organization. Therefore, no, the program will not cost you (the parent or student) any money.


What activities will the students be doing?

See the program overview for ULA Peer Mentorship here.


Will students be supervised? By whom?

The ULA Peer Mentorship Program students will always have supervision by program staff members or other school employees participating in the program.


Are there field trips? If so, who provides transportation?

Yes, there are. We love to offer enriching field trips in the immediate school community and in NYC. Community activities are usually in walking distance.. Outside of community we use NYC transportation and metro cards are provided.


How can I be sure the students will be engaging in age-appropriate activities and learning materials?

Curriculum is designed around GGE’s Youth Development Model. When we use outside entities, their curriculum is pre-approved. When we feel it necessarily,the ULA Peer Mentorship Program seek permission from parents for their students to participate in activities.


How is social activism topics incorporated into the curriculum?

Our curriculum is social-justice based, highlighting current events in the community and and larger society. We teach social justice through a gender-race-class lens and encourage students to think critically about systems they interact with on a daily basis.


Will the ULA Peer Mentorship Program impact my student’s academics?

While the program is not an academic-focused program, the program is designed to enrich school-day learning. Students have many opportunities to engage in activities that support their academic success such as program development, emotional intelligence development, team-based activities, project-based activities, etc.


How does the ULA Peer Mentorship Program handle conflicts that may arise during programming?

The program has a comprehensive behavior management system through which students are asked to reflect and are supported to transform their behavior. Parents are notified in extreme cases. Program staff members are trained in transformative and restorative justice which enables them to address conflict in a manner which is youth-centered and focused on development rather than punishment.