The ELECT program introduces would-be first generation college students from the Anchorage School District (ASD) to the university setting and its students with the assistance of UAA peer mentors. UAA student peer mentors attend an intensive two-day leadership training and plan three campus event days for high school participants to attend throughout the semester.
The ELECT program model engages the Educational Talent Search TRiO program at ASD, drawing students from West, East, and Bartlett High Schools. The program employs an innovative, experiential leadership model effective with high-risk students, rooted in social emotional learning approaches. Participating students learn about leadership, followership, teamwork, community building and developing empathy for others through peer-designed and peer-led experiential exercises.
Approximately 30 high school students and 10 UAA students will be recruited and receive leadership and peer facilitation training. UAA students receive a one-credit tuition waiver for their participation and learn leadership skills.After the 12 hour training spread over two days, UAA peer mentors will engage ASD high school students in three activity days on the UAA campus: 1) Leadership Activity Day, 2) Challenge Course Day, 3) Campus Event Day. Both groups of students discover how the program increases their confidence and direction in life.
ELECT was originally designed as "UAA Transitions" by Brian Griggs, Joint Base Elmendorf - Richardson (JBER) School Liaison/PACE co-founder and Dr. Marie Lowe, Assistant Professor of Public Policy in UAA's Institute of Social and Economic Research.