Baker among three schools in state participating in Serve 2 Succeed
Baldwin City, Kan. — For the second consecutive year, Baker University’s Office of Student Life will participate in Serve 2 Succced, a mentoring program funded through AmeriCorps Kansas and Kansas Campus Compact.
Baker is one of three schools in Kansas to participate in the program that matches sophomore, junior or senior peer mentors with first-year students, emphasizing retention and community engagement and volunteer services. Fifteen Baker students will serve as mentors, an increase of five from the previous year.
The Baker students serving as mentors are: Zach Aldrich, Shayla Farley, Colter Schacher, Krystyna Van Driel, Gunnar McKenna, Stephanie Haug, Rachel Haley, Dominique Vieyra, Parker Owen, Nancy Delgado, Tyler Sloan, Kelley Thompson, Kacee Britton, Jasmyn Turner and Eldina Kunic.
“Some of the students that were the mentees last year are now mentors,” said Cassy Bailey, dean of Baker students. “I believe that shows how important program is and how they want to give back to the program.”
Schacher was one of the students who received guidance last year before transitioning into a mentoring position this year.
“I’m looking forward to giving back and making the freshmen feel at home,” said Schacher, whose fondest service project last year was writing letters to soldiers overseas. “My mentor last year helped me learn the ins and outs at Baker.”
The mentors will provide academic and social support to the new students. Every student who completes a 300-hour term of service in the Serve 2 Succeed Corps will receive an education award from AmeriCorps that can be used for future educational expenses or to pay off existing student loans. For 2012-2013, the value of the award is $1,175. In addition, each Mentor will be eligible for an stipend of up to $750.
Service must be completed between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013. Members are expected to contribute the following
· Promote and participate in at least six co-curricular service-learning activities alongside the First Year Fellows, consisting of 50 percent of the required 300 hours. At least one of these must be in conjunction with a National Day of Service and at least one must be tied to AmeriCorps Week in the spring.
· Design and conduct reflection activities with First Year Fellows after the joint service activities using best practices in co-curricular service-learning.
· Provide academic and social support, encouragement, role modeling and accountability to First Year Fellows consisting of 30 percent of the 300-hour requirement.
· Track their service hours online and submit monthly reflections on their own service experiences and complete a post-service survey evaluating their opinions on civic engagement.
Last year’s service projects included a 9/11 remembrance, MLK Day of Service, tornado relief, HUMANA and Harvesters.
“This special program provides a link between retention and service,” Bailey said. “Hopefully by being involved now will inspire them to continue serving the community through life.”
Baker University is committed to student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.