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Advantage to launch mentoring project

New program links students together for educational resources and additional incentives

August 22, 2013

Students in the Advantage program, Avila University’s innovative adult education program, will have a new service available to them beginning this fall. The Avila Advantage Mentoring Project places students together in an organized structure whereby an experienced student passes along information and insight to new students, serving as a guide for new students and to the benefit of both mentor and mentee.

“The mentoring program was added as one more tool for our students to have in their academic toolbox,” said Sarah Sullivan, academic advisor for Avila Advantage and director of the Mentoring Project. “We are here to see our students succeed through graduation and beyond. This is a win-win for everybody involved. The mentees receive assistance from current students, and the mentors receive leadership skills. We currently have a wonderful group of mentors who have exceled in our program and wanted to pay it forward.”

The mentoring project will help students understand administrative issues like:

  • School policies for registration
  • Finding classrooms
  • Understanding class syllabi
  • Office hours
  • Grades
  • Financial aid

To navigate their way through school, new students seek out experienced students for help. The main idea of this project is to enhance the communication between students, to establish a community feeling in adult education as well as enhance learning and understanding of the process.

This program is designed to help students who are returning to school or for those current students in the program who need additional encouragement to reach graduation. All objectives of the project are designed to benefit the mentees and are aimed to give mentees the opportunity of an additional resource in their initial contact with the university setting. By having an additional resource in the relationship with colleagues (mentors), mentees benefit from the mentoring project at different levels: individual, community and networking.

It’s not just the mentee that benefits. Mentors gain skills in leadership and receive a stipend. Mentors will be asked to make a firm commitment for one academic year and assist mentees with such aspects as on-line classes and answering questions pertaining to Avila’s systems. Students can sign up for mentoring as a new student or at any time during the Advantage program.

For more information about the Advantage Mentoring Project, contact Sarah Sullivan at 816-501-0429 or sarah.sullivan@avila.edu.


About Avila University
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.