The African Americans Cultivating Excellence (AACE) Mentoring Program

By Kellee Harris

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) created the African Americans Cultivating Excellence (AACE) Mentoring Program in 2016 in an effort to increase retention and graduation rates of African American students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The scholars in the program include first generation students who look to the AACE program to provide guidance and college assistance. One of the components of the AACE program includes monthly Success Workshops, which are collaborative effort with the UMKC Avanzando Program, UMKC Office of Financial Literacy and Academic Support & Mentoring. Topics covered in the series include “College Budgeting”, “Searching for Scholarships”, “How To Succeed in an Online Class”, “Reading Strategies”, “Time-Management “and many more.
 
Along with the Success Workshops, other components of the program are bi-weekly Academic Support Check-in meetings with an MSA Staff member and a mentor match-up with a UMKC Upperclassmen and/or Professional from campus or the Kansas City community. The AACE Program currently serves about 60 African American Scholars. At the success workshops and other scheduled AACE events, scholars are able to connect with their peers and develop a supportive and positive peer network. Scholars within the program all share the goals of achieving academic success and college completion. The AACE Mentoring Program is open to students in all undergraduate levels.
 
If you or someone you know is interested in being a scholar or mentor in the program, please contact: Kellee Harris at 816.235.6605 or harriskathry@umkc.edu.