Academic-Athletic Mentoring Program

Objective:  The Academic Athletics Mentor Program (AAMP) is an avenue to better facilitate the integration of athletics and academics. The mentor will interact with the athlete to assist them to more fully understand the realities associated with balancing academic and athletic obligations. It will provide opportunities to develop relationships which will encourage academic achievement, health promotion, social responsibility, and general life skills awareness among student-athletes.

Goals:

  1. The SA will access mentor to answer questions concerning academic progress. (This may include information regarding, but not limited to: Financial Aid, budgeting, KC academic policies, KC instructor policies, practices, study skills)
  2. The mentor will provide meeting dates with the SA to discuss their academic progress.
  3. The meeting dates will allow a time for the SA and mentor to develop a supportive relationship, empowering SA to greater academic success.
  4. The SA and mentor will work together to find avenues for greater academic success and retention.

Mission:

We have targeted a group that is considered an “at-risk” group. The group has shown low incoming placement test scores and grades. We are seeking a way to:

Empower, not enable
Offer avenues to questions, not give all the answers
Challenge academic success, not simply make the educational process easy
Provide a mentor who believes in the SA’s academic success, not just his/her athletic success

GUIDELINES FOR MENTORS

  1. Support the academic development of the student-athlete, conversations on academic status, attendance, strategies for improvement
  2. Promote understanding and communication between faculty, athlete, and students.
  3. Provide coaches an additional resource to help advise student-athletes with academic matters.
  4. Resource or counsel the student-athlete on issues of mental health and well-being.
  5. Informally interact with student-athletes and coaches.
  6. Facilitate a student-athlete and professor interaction, develop strategies in how to approach faculty members in a professional manner.
  7. Build strong friendships with student-athletes and coaches, enhanced by supportive, empathetic and problem- solving conversations as needed.
  8. Advise and help freshmen on how to adjust to college life.
  9. Attend practices or games, be a fan and receive team apparel!
  10. Attend special team function, cook-outs, dinners, lunches, adventure activities, runs.

Each mentor will have his/her own style and way of interacting with the student-athletes and coaches. The amount of time spent with the team will vary from mentor to mentor. It is not necessary for the mentor to be an expert in the sport field. They are there to create a partnership between mentor, student-athletes, and coaches.

Process:

  1. Seek instructor, dean, and/or administrator volunteers to be mentors.
  2. Select a Target Group.
  3. Match Mentor with SA (3?)
  4. Host Mentor-SA meeting
  5. Discuss Objective/Goals of Mentoring Program
  6. Answer questions.
  7. Allow 10-15 min. meeting time with Mentor-SA. Get to know one another sharing sheet provided.
  8. Mentor-SA set meeting dates/times for semester.
  9. Calendars provided with dates/times selected agreed upon days/times.
  10. Mentor-SA meet throughout semester. The SA is responsible and accountable for attending established meetings. Mentor documents meeting times.

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

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