Name of Engagement

Valley Scholars Outreach in AY '15-'16

Contact Information

Valley Scholars Program

Contact Details

valleyscholars@jmu.edu

Description

Mentoring for the Valley Scholars program was successfully implemented for the fall of 2015 and the spring of 2016. For Fall 2015, 27 mentors from across majors served in 14 middle and high schools. For spring 2016, 41 mentors served 16 schools. For the first cohort of mentors, 21 continued into the 2nd semester with the program out of 26 total for an 80% progression rate. For the second cohort of mentors, 11 of 21 have committed to continue into the fall of 2016 for a 52% progression rate. This was impacted by a high number of graduating seniors, as well as class scheduling for major programs. It is important to note that 5 Cohort 1 mentors are continuing into a third semester of service. In collaboration with Dr. Doubet, after the first year of implementation the optimal number of mentors has been determined to be between 32-35. During the summer of 2016 the Valley Scholars program will work to recruit an additional 20 mentors for the 2016-2017 cycle. This will fill out the mentor program for all 16 public schools. Dr. Kristi Doubet will continue as the faculty member of record and Xavia Gary, Engagement Fellow will be assigned to assist Dr. Doubet with site visits and schedule coordination. Dr. Doubet conducted class evaluations, and reported an overall high satisfaction with the experience. Recommendations from students included more structured activities, and the possibility of holding additional meetings to help establish group dynamics.

Involvement

Involves Students, Involves Staff, Involves Participants External to JMU

Scope

Hburg/Local/VA

Date

Academic Year AY '15-'16

Frequency

Ongoing (Currently in existence, year round)

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement, Civic Engagement, Engaged Learning

Format

Program

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