Wichita Jayhawks celebrate HAWK Mentor Program

Posted on May 7, 2018 in Alumni News and News

HAWK Mentor ProgramKU alumni and Wichita high school students gathered at the Wichita KU School of Medicine for an end-of-year banquet to celebrate the HAWK Mentor Program.

The HAWK (Helpful Alumni Working for KU) Mentor Program connects Wichita-area high school students with local KU alumni to help underrepresented and minority students transition from high school to college.

Sasha Kuchinski, j’09, c’09, coordinates the Hawk Mentor program and serves as a KU admissions representative for Wichita. “At the banquet we had each mentor and mentee share their favorite moments from the past year and it was pretty incredible to hear all the things they’ve done together, but mostly how close some of these mentees and mentors have become,” said Kuchinski.

Azhai Williams, a senior from Wichita West High School, shared advice on succeeding in high school. Williams is headed to KU in the fall and spoke about her college search process.

HAWK Mentor Program

Mentors and mentees left with KU mugs and glasses filled with candy and Jayhawk pennants.

The HAWK Mentor Program scheduled events for mentors and mentees throughout the school year. Events included KU campus visits, game watch parties and volunteer opportunities. Mentees also shadowed mentors at their jobs to learn more about professional workplaces.

-Ryan Camenzind

To learn more about becoming a mentor, or other ways you can help recruit future Jayhawks, visit the KU Admissions website.

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