On Monday February 22, 2016 Dr. Victor Sáenz and José Del Real Viramontes, participated in the 35th Annual First Year Experience (FYE) Conference. Dr. Sáenz and José participated in a session on enhancing student engagement and academic achievement for Latino males. The session introduced attendees to Instructing Males Through Peer Advising Tracks (IMPACT) a college course offered to students involved with the Project MALES Mentoring Program. Attendees learned about the course objectives, which are to enhance college student engagement and academic achievement by offering active and experiential-learning opportunities through peer advising-and service-learning.
MPACT provides students first-hand experience working within local schools to mentor young middle and high school males about college pathways and the importance of learning the necessary soft-skills needed to be successful students across the K-16 education pipeline. Additionally, students engage in weekly reflections based on readings, discussions, and their mentoring experiences.
We look forward to sharing how our service-learning course continues to have an impact on our undergraduate mentors and students in the community.