Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

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Why should I take part in the Peer-to-Peer Mentor Program?

The program connects you — an adolescent or young adult recently diagnosed with cancer — with a young adult who has completed cancer treatment. Peer mentoring is a form of mentorship that takes place between a person who has lived through a specific experience and a person who is new to that experience.

Who are the peer mentors?

Our mentors are young adults who’ve completed cancer treatment and volunteered for this role. They are nominated by their oncology team and completed a one-day mentor training session. Each mentor is supported by a psychosocial staff member who is available to them if questions or concerns arise.

What will peer mentors do — and not do?

Peer mentors are there for you. They will listen, answer questions, share experiences/resources, and provide support from a place of unique perspective, since they were also treated for cancer at CHOP. Peer mentors will NOT provide medical or psychological advice.

Who can be a mentee?

Adolescents and young adults (ages 15 to 29) who were recently diagnosed with cancer and are interested in connecting with a peer mentor.

What will I need to do to start the program?

You or your parent/legal guardian will be asked to sign a release form so we may provide your contact information to your mentor. Your mentor will then contact you within 48 hours. It is up to you and your mentor to decide how and when you would like to talk (for example, by phone call, text, Instagram, and/or in person). Staff members from the CHOP Cancer Center will also hold in-person events to bring together mentors and mentees.

What are the benefits of participating in the program?

You’ll connect with someone who “gets it” and learn tips and resources for getting through cancer treatment.

How do I participate?

If you are interested or want to learn more, please contact: Alex Psihogios, PhD, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow