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Becoming a Mentee
Who Can Register For The Program?

All incoming (Fall 2019), undergraduate, first-generation college students are welcome and encouraged to register for Project Thrive Class VI.

RISD celebrates and congratulations all 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 and alumni communities. The deadline for register for the Class VIII cohort, is July 1, 2019.

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 especially 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, for me (Emma, Assistant Director Diversity Programs) it means; international, LGBTQIA, spiritual, first-generation.  For others, it can mean finding another student (or hopefully many!) that look, sound, feel how they feel.  College is hard, if you're worrying about:


  • 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

  • ALL of the above and stuff I haven't listed.

...This program will serve you well.


However, the program is not for everyone: many students are able to transition to college life just fine and are well-prepared because their parents went to college and shared with them their experience. For students who are fairly confident they have it all together, the RISD Navigates Program, offers other opportunities that all students can attend for college success.

Still not sure if Project Thrive is for you? Talk to us! Molly Young (Project Thrive Coordinator, and rising sophomore!) and I are here all summer to chat: phone, email, (maybe Facebook... we'll see!) 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 (that's us) 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 social and community building programs. These programs are typically offered once per month and mentees of the program are expected to attend.  Each workshop features a different 'special guest' for example, RISD Museum Staff, or the Financial Aid Office... 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!

Sign Me Up! - Registration

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.


Two Steps:

1. Read the Above

2. Application coming soon!!

3. Remember to complete the College Student Inventory (CSI) at the end!

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 are due July 1st, 2019 | Apply Here!  (Note: check the requirements to apply before you click!)