During the first year of the program, all student fellows are assigned a mentor. The mentors are community leaders who act as a role model, adviser, teacher, and friend. Mentors and student fellows participate in a wide range of activities ranging from community meetings, activities, conferences and workshops, to hiking, biking, snowshoeing and getting coffee or a meal together. Student fellows and mentors have lots of fun while learning from and sharing ideas with each other. Over 500 members of the community have served as mentors — many have served more than once.