Owl2Owl First-Year Mentoring Program

two studentsStrategic Outreach and Diversity Initiatives (SODI) is partnering with the national Mentor Collective organization to implement Owl2Owl, an innovative mentorship program providing support for first-year students in the Achieve Atlanta, REACH Georgia, and Thrive Scholars programs. Owl2Owl matches incoming, first-year students with upper-division KSU Coca-Cola Scholars, to help during the transition into college. The mentors will support new students in setting and achieving their goals, both academically and personally.

The vision for the mentoring program aligns with several first-year outcomes identified in SODI’s strategic priorities, including creating a sense of belonging, developing a strong network of support, and providing resources to introduce and successfully assist new students to college-level requirements. The peer mentoring program aims to help new students meet a range of unique challenges—such as accessing key campus resources, maintaining their scholarships, and persisting through and beyond their first year in college.

Through Owl2Owl, SODI students who are matched with mentors will have on-going access to these upperclassmen who are trained to offer guidance and advice. Students will be matched with a personal mentor based on common academic interests, career goals, life challenges, and experiences. Students can also use the platform’s discussion guides and goal-setting activities to spark meaningful conversations with their mentors. Topics range from time management and work-life balance to networking and job-seeking advice.

one studentThe launch of Owl2Owl reflects the latest research on the positive impacts of personalized, student-centered programs. Mentorship is an effective tool to increase graduation rates and academic achievement in higher education. Students in Mentor Collective Programs, whether mentors or mentees, speak highly of the program and their experience.

Owl2Owl is actively enrolling students and mentors for the 2021-22 school year. New first-year students in Achieve Atlanta, REACH Georgia and Thrive, who are interested in having a student mentor, should sign up using the QR code they were provided through the AIM Workshop.  If you have any questions, please email shae.smith@kennesaw.edu.