Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

STRONG Program

Program Leader/Mentor

The STRONG Program helps to empower college males to make positive academic and life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. This program depends on adult volunteers to commit to support, guide, and build a positive relationship with college males at Saint Xavier University for a period of at least one academic semester. In this case, the program will consist of African-American/Black students who will be meeting throughout the semester.

A Team Leader/Mentor is a person responsible for facilitating the discussion of issues related to the men on their teams. The actual tasks would typically include:

  1. Taking the role of leading facilitator for a small group (approximately 5-10) of SXU male students that
    will meet weekly during the course of the semester-long program. The number of each group is kept
    small to assist in creating a more personal and open environment for discussing relevant issues.
  2. Serving as a positive role model for the men and helping to find other such role models within SXU and
    in the community at large.
  3. Building positive relationships by planning and participating in activities with all of the STRONG participants, especially with his small team. Through this connection, we are striving to establish mutual respect, build self-esteem and motivation, and help set goals and work toward accomplishing them.

Time Commitment: A semester-long commitment is being made. A Team Leader/Mentor agree to spend a minimum of one hour per week for nine consecutive weeks with his assigned small group as well as the time needed to communicate individually with each of his team members regularly.

Team Leaders/Mentors are required to attend an initial planning retreat that is being held at Saint Xavier University. In addition, Team Leaders/Mentors are expected to attend the end-of-the-program recognition event.

*Optional: Attend as many STRONG events and activities as possible that are held in addition to the weekly team meetings, including any outreach programs aimed at area high school youth.