DURHAM -- Duke’s First Year ACTION (Accountability, Commitment, Teamwork, Integrity, Opportunity, Now) ended another successful year! This program is a series of Personal Development and Leadership Education sessions to assist first year student-athletes with their transition into Duke Athletics. These student athletes were able to benefit from peer connection, mentoring by upperclassmen, and develop skills that will help them make the kind of choices that will allow them to be successful during their entire academic and athletic career at Duke.
For the March meeting each group was required to do a community service project to establish unity and teamwork within their group. Some students were able to give a tour of Duke Athletics to some eager middle school students while others made “pop top bracelets” to give to the children at the Ronald McDonald House. Anthony Boone, Avery Rape, and Madison Granger’s group went to the Duke Campus Farm's 'community work days' where they were able to have fun while helping the community.
At the last meeting upperclassmen mentors shared what they have been involved in this year and how it has affected them as leaders. Some topics included: Athlete Ally, SOLE, SAAC, and Advancing Leaders. There were also sign-up sheets for those who are interested in being a mentor next year and several showed interest. The selection process of being a mentor will begin in the next couple weeks.