Become a Peer Mentor

Better Together

The inclusive approach offered through Expanded Services (ES) at Bishop O’Connell relies on the crucial role of Peer Mentors. There are three different ways in which a student may serve as a Peer Mentor for Expanded Services.

Class Mentoring - Peer Mentoring for Expanded Services is a course students may enroll in and is listed at the back of the Course Selection booklet. Students enrolled in the course are matched 1;1 with a student receiving Expanded Services and a class to attend. This is a year-long commitment. Students must attend mandatory training prior to the school year starting.

Knight Time Mentoring - This is a volunteer opportunity in which students sign up to mentor for 1 Knight Time per week for 1 semester, with the option for both semesters also available. Mentoring during Knight Time is an opportunity to grow in friendship with a student or students receiving Expanded Services.

Lunch Mentoring - Lunch mentors invite a student or students receiving Expanded Services to join their table of friends at lunch and intentionally seek to promote a positive lunch experience for the student. Lunch mentors offer their anchor day or block day lunch for mentoring and help promote inclusivity in the cafeteria.

All Peer Mentors must attend a mandatory training which occurs during the week prior to school starting.

We are deeply grateful to all students who serve as Peer Mentors for Expanded Services. Their actions and commitment give daily testimony to the value of inclusive Catholic education.


If you have any questions, stop by the Expanded Services classroom or contact Mrs. Rinaldi at