Lewis Selected for PAVE Veteran Peer-to-Peer Program

Lewis University Selected for PAVE Veteran Peer-to-Peer Program

Published: September 20, 2020.

The McCormick Foundation has awarded a grant to Lewis University for a highly impactful student veteran peer to peer mentor program, Peer Advisors for Veteran Education. It assists veterans as they face challenging transitioning from the military to civilian life to academia.

PAVE is a peer-to-peer program that connects incoming student veterans attending college on the Post-9/11 GI Bill with successful student veteran peers on their campuses to provide support, help them navigate college life, identify any challenges they are encountering, and refer them to the appropriate resources on or off campus.

In partnership with Student Veterans of America, PAVE is currently implemented on 26 campuses nationwide. A newly launched web-based platform includes online training modules for new Peer Advisors; an app that allows Peer Advisors to track the work that is being done; and a Management Console for each PAVE partner campus that allows schools to match student veterans with Peer Advisors, monitor trends, including types of concerns identified, and identify gaps in services. The PAVE National team continues to share best practices from the field, provide support to each school, and facilitate communication among partner campuses.

Lewis University also has received accolades as a military-friendly school from publications such as Military Times and GI Jobs, as well as from organizations such as Student Veterans of America and Vet Ally. A global educational partner with the Department of Defense, Lewis University works to provide high-quality, affordable education throughout the world: Lewis offers active-duty service members reduced tuition rates, which combined with tuition assistance can significantly lower the cost of their Lewis education.

“Numerous studies on the effectiveness of peer-to-peer approaches have demonstrated that peers ‘who have been there’ can be a credible source of support, help overcome the stigma around asking for help, and open the door to improved well-being,” stated Roman Ortega, Jr., executive director of the Lewis University Office of Veterans Affairs.  

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,300 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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