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  Avila’s Black Student Union volunteers time and campus  
  Kansas City, MO    
May 14, 2009

Avila University’s BSU stretched for yoga and led campus tours as they spent an afternoon mentoring boys and girls from the Ivanhoe Neighborhood in Kansas City.

This month, Avila’s BSU hosted boys and girls from the Front Porch Alliance mentoring program. The Front Porch Alliance is a non-profit partnership in the urban center of Kansas City that strives to create faith partnerships to improve lives, build relationships and revitalize neighborhoods within Ivanhoe and surrounding communities. More than 25 inner city youth participated in their very own Avila Day.

Older students took part in campus tours and played video games, pool and foosball in the Eagles’ Nest student lounge. Students of all ages enjoyed yoga, cheerleading, dance, basketball, weightlifting and more. The students were also treated to cookies in the dining hall.

“The turnout and support was overwhelming,” said BSU President Michele Watley. “The cheerleading, dance and basketball coaches all said they would like to participate in the event again in the future.”

Watley said she looks forward to hosting another Avila Day in the fall. The students involved with the BSU will continue to mentor students from the Ivanhoe Neighborhood throughout the summer.

The Black Student Union is a collegian group established to support Avila’s Black students and to foster cultural understanding within the Avila community. The Black Student Union promotes cultural diversity with the presentation of speakers, artistic programming, volunteerism and much more.


Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.