TriCYA Mentorship Program

Course Description

The Stony Brook University AFS 283 Community Outreach Mentoring Program, in partnership with Tri Community and Youth Agency, is a mentoring program designed to provide academic support and guidance for “at risk” students from underserved neighborhoods, through group discussions, classroom instruction, guest speakers, and one-on-one mentoring sessions.Through field experience, readings, research, and discussion, students focus on social and educational problems relating primarily to the African-American and Latinx experience. Tri-Community students travel by bus to Stony Brook.

Course Learning Objectives

  1. Develop leadership skills
  2. Build communication skills
  3. Hone team building skills


  1. Productive, bi-monthly meetings with students.
  2. Create stimulating programming to hold student interest.
  3. Make meaningful connections with students.
  4. Provide ample opportunities for the students to gain knowledge about the college experience at SBU and elsewhere.

Course Requirements

This course requires you to have access to blackboard. We have a number of lessons that require you to participate in discussion boards.

Course Readings

Expected Conduct

  1. You must attend the mandatory orientation.
  2. You are required to complete on-line assignments
  3. You MUST attend at least 4 out of 5 meetings with the mentees. Continuity is key. It is important to show your mentors that you are committed to the program and invested in their success.
  4. You must record your reflections about your encounters with the students in a journal.
  5. You are required to read all course material.
  6. You must meet with your group to complete your curriculum design and debrief after meetings.
  7. If you encounter a problem while working one-on-one with your mentee, please alert a Peer Leader or Tri community Rep (Martine or Linda Leake).
  8. For legal purposes, please do not share your personal emails, social media addresses, or telephone numbers with mentees.
  9. Do not use your electronic devices and try to avoid leaving class for the rest room.


Your grade for this course is based on your attendance (25%), your participation in the curriculum development (25%), your journal (25%), and your participation with the students (25%).


You will be required to read the assigned texts and complete the on-line assignments.

After orientation, you will spend the first three weeks of the semester being trained. The training will be both on-line and in person.

You will be provided with models from past years and guidance from your professor and Peer Leaders.

After training, you will begin developing the curriculum.

You will be put into a group with one experienced peer leader.

The class meets from 4:00-6:00. The first ten minutes is reserved for your group members to ensure you are prepared for the mentees. Ideally, we’ll spend at least 30 mins at the beginning or ending of each class with students working one-on-one with mentors.

Meeting Dates


Disability Support Services (DSS)

If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following website:

Academic Integrity

Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. Faculty in the Health Sciences Center (School of Health Technology & Management, Nursing, Social Welfare, Dental Medicine) and School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at

Critical Incident Management

Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, or inhibits students' ability to learn. Faculty in the HSC Schools and the School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures.