|Palm Beach Atlantic University Peer-to-Peer Mentors for the 2012-2013 academic year included (front row, l-r) Alli Gerking, Alex Joyner, Katherine Harvey (second row, l-r) Mary Skruck, Julie Sandberg, Samantha Loutzenhiser, (third row, l-r) Susanna Nixon and Lindsay Turman.|
A grant from Bank of America will help to expand a Palm Beach Atlantic University program aimed at freshmen that provides academic support services from students to students.
In the fall of 2012, PBA received a $7,500 grant from Bank of America for the project, which was named the Peer-to-Peer mentoring program.
Through the program, six peer mentor students spent one hour per week in the classroom with faculty and students to gain a clear understanding of course content. Peer mentors then spent another one to three hours per week organizing study groups with students in that class.
Students taking advantage of these weekly opportunities said they found greater success in their biology, chemistry or algebra classes.
Bank of America has awarded PBA another $7,500 for the program during 2013-14.
“We plan to expand to more classes with more mentors in the fall and encourage even more freshmen to become more engaged in their learning,” said Carolanne Brown, coordinator of the grant program and assistant vice president for PBA’s Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.
“For many of these students, the entry course is vital to their success in a chosen major and we want to support them in building excellent study skills to reach their academic goals.”
“Our youth plays an important role in our community’s growth and Bank of America is committed to helping provide the resources they need to excel in their studies and pave their way to success,” said Kelly Sobolewski, market manager for Bank of America. “By supporting this program, we aim to create opportunities for college students to realize their full academic potential.”