The ABLE INITIATIVE is a group of 35 incoming freshmen male ABLE participants selected to participate in the “ABLE first-year experience” and commit to developing their academic, leadership, and professional skills. The members of this cohort are encouraged to build a connection and support each other throughout their college careers.
What is the “ABLE first-year experience”?
The ABLE cohort “first-year experience” is collection of experiences designed to help the members succeed in their first year of college. It will consist of the following:
- IMPACT Meeting- A post orientation meeting for Interested members to meet with faculty and staff members to build relationships and allies for their success at Austin Peay.
- Learning Community- A selection of courses that ABLE participants take as a collective including: APSU 1000, ENG 1010, COMM 1010, and HIST 2010
- Peer Mentorship- Each ABLE participant will be given an upperclassmen mentor to help guide them through their first year experience.
- Academics- Assist participants in learning their academic strengths and weakness to get the best academic results
- Leadership- Help participants increase their leadership skills by empowering them to strive for excellence to influence others
- Professionalism- Enhance the professional readiness of each participant to help them transition into their chosen careers after graduation.
- Give each participant a voice
- Address academic issues if needed
- Recognize and seize opportunities to grow and develop
- Motivate participants to seek leadership opportunities on campus
- Encourage participants to take lessons learned and impact them into the next generation of young people
- Big Brother - 12 upperclassmen selected to serve as peer mentors to ABLE cohort.
- The ABLE - 35 incoming freshmen students selected to participate in the first-year ABLE experience. Incoming freshmen are selected in May and June each academic year.
- Must be a registered student at APSU
- Must self-identify as male and African American
- Must attend at least two monthly meetings/workshops
- Must attend mandatory study hall at least 5 hours a week