DURHAM -- The Duke Athletics Leadership Program kicked off the First Year A.C.T.I.O.N. Program Monday evening with a mentor prep meeting. The First Year A.C.T.I.O.N. Program is designed to assist first year student athletes as they learn to effectively lead themselves. First year student athletes benefit from the initial establishment of peer connections, mentoring by upperclassmen student athletes, as well as developing skills to help them make the kind of choices that will allow them to be successful during their entire academic and athletic career at Duke.
Monday night’s meeting focused on preparing the upperclassman mentors for the year. Fun ice-breaker activities started the evening off, so that the returning mentors could get to know the new mentors. Mentors also learned who they would be paired up with for the year and other general preparation for the first meeting. Each mentor is paired with 2 other mentors to lead a group of 10 first year students throughout the year. The program currently has 23 groups and 72 upperclassman mentors. The First Year A.C.T.I.O.N. Program will meet 7 times this year, with the first meeting occurring on Monday, September 23rd.
The First Year A.C.T.I.O.N. program is the foundational component of the Duke Athletics Leadership Program focused on the personal development of first year student athletes, as well as the guiding upperclassman mentors.
A.C.T.I.O.N. is an acronym for six words that form the foundation of a student athlete’s development at Duke and is the backbone of the Leadership program. Each meeting topic focuses on one of the A.C.T.I.O.N. words.
Accountability Commitment Teamwork Integrity Opportunity Now