Becoming a Mentee


Who Can Register For The Program?

All incoming (Fall 2021), undergraduate, first-generation college students are welcome and encouraged to register for Project Thrive Class IX.

We celebrate all of our first-generation students coming to RISD! The program will provide accepted students with the necessary tools to not only transition to college and be successful in their first year but enhance their overall experience for the duration of their time at RISD.


Project Thrive provides individualized one-on-one support through the pairing of a mentor, which may be a member of our faculty, staff or alumni communities. The deadline for registration for the Class IX cohort, is July 31st, 2020.

Who Should Register For The Program?

Project Thrive is an amazing opportunity to start your RISD career and get acclimated to campus. The program is specially tailored to provide a high level of support to students from underrepresented communities and those who are first-generation college students (those who are the first in their families to attend college).


It is important to find the community you identify with.  Community means many things to each of us. If you're worried about any of the pieces below, Project Thrive might be for you. 


  • transitioning to college

  • living on campus (or commuting to campus)

  • navigating the campus

  • picking your classes

  • finding the right campus offices for various services

  • finding your community on campus

  • Community means different things to different people. For example, you may be looking to connect with people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, folks with specific religious backgrounds, and/or much more.​​


Still not sure if Project Thrive is for you? Talk to us! 

Clove Alvarado (Project Thrive Coordinator, and rising sophomore) and the ISE staff are here all summer to chat via  phone, email, social media (@risdise) and certainly in person.  Come by, if you're able, and introduce yourself. The most important thing to understand is that this program offers you the opportunity to form a meaningful relationship with a RISD mentor. Our mentors are committed to making sure you are successful – but they can’t do it alone!  Mentoring is a two-way street and requires time by the mentee too.  ISE staff have already seen some of the amazing mentoring relationships that can occur if a little effort is put in by both, the mentee and the mentor.  The possibility is yours to discover!

What Is Being In The Program Like?

Mentees in the program will be paired with a mentor. It is up to the mentor and mentee to arrange how often they wish to meet and the activities they will do. Mentees will also meet frequently with the Project Thrive Coordinator, a current RISD student just to check-in and chat.


In addition, the program features a series of events that offer academic, career, and social programs. These programs are offered once per week and mentees of the program are expected to attend.  Each workshop features a different 'special guest' for example, the Financial Aid staff or a Counselor from Counseling and Psychological Services... folks you want to meet and learn about.  Each workshop will feature a different topic of general conversation that address some of the most common and timely issues college students struggle with over the course of their first year.

Occasionally, we will also offer free tickets to special events in the Providence community that are optional. Examples include free tickets to Artist’s Ball, a Broadway show at the Providence Performing Arts Center, free admission to ice skating and more... if you're accepted into the program feel free to chat with us about ideas you have!


It is highly encouraged that new students enroll in the program upon their decision to attend RISD.  Early registration ensures the availability of mentors to fit each student’s unique interests and allows for a more complete experience.

Note: In some circumstances, students may have the option to register for the mentoring program later in the semester.

To Apply, follow these steps:

1. Read the description of the program above

2. Apply here!

3. Complete the College Student Inventory (CSI) provide at the end of your application.

The CSI is a professional tool that the Project Thrive staff use to enhance the paring process and forms the foundation of the student’s individualized action plan of success that they will create with their mentor.

Registration Timeline
  • Applications open May 8th and are due July 31st 2020.  Apply here!

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