Peer Advisors through PAVE

Peer Advisor for Veteran Education logo with blue font for letters PAVE and green stars between each letter.

Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) is a peer support program that connects incoming student veterans on college campuses with student veterans who are trained as Peer Advisors who can help them navigate college life, address challenges they may face, refer them to appropriate resources on and off campus, and provide ongoing support.

The PAVE Program is part of M-SPAN (Military Support Programs and Networks), a group of programs at the University of Michigan developed to address the needs and challenges faced by service members, veterans and military families.

PAVE is a partnership between the University of Michigan Depression Center and Student Veterans of America.

Become a Peer Advisor

If you’re interested in helping other veterans, consider joining the advising team. It’s an excellent way to build your resume while helping other vets, and the time commitment is very small. Complete the application below to apply.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Complete initial training sessions
  • Coordinate time to call or meet with student veterans
  • Provide informal support to student veterans to increase awareness of resources available
  • Refer student veterans to viable university, community, and government resources
  • Complete interaction logs
  • Increase campus awareness of the PAVE program and the needs of student veterans

Time Commitment

  • Complete initial training
  • Attend optional group events and program recognition events
  • Make a minimum of a two semester commitment to advising
  • Reach out to your assigned students at least once per month
  • Participate in scheduled calls or meetings with other Peer Advisors to share successes and discuss any challenges.

Qualification

  • Military service
  • Good academic standing (3.0 or above GPA)
  • Ability to work with others in a team setting
  • Good interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills
  • Insight about transition challenges
  • Ability to engage and motivate people from diverse backgrounds

Partner Campuses

PAVE is on 47 campuses across the United States. The PAVE National team continues to share best practices from the field, provide support to each school, and facilitate communication among partner campuses.

United States map with stars of different locations where PAVE partners are.

See the list here