StFX Athletics and Venor partner to launch ‘ConneXions’ Mentoring Program  

StFX Athletics and Venor partner to launch ‘ConneXions’ Mentoring Program  

ANTIGONISH, NS ­– StFX Athletics and Venor Youth Employment are excited to announce the launch of the 'ConneXions' Mentoring Program for StFX varsity student-athletes.

"We are very pleased to announce this strategic partnership with Venor," comments StFX Director of Athletics & Recreation Leo MacPherson. "It will greatly assist our student-athletes and help them successfully navigate the transition from university to what is next. I firmly believe in the importance of developing our student-athletes as leaders and champions in life and this program fits so well with what we are doing in the area of leadership development."

"The ability to formalize and track these connections will have a profound impact on our current student-athletes as well as our athletics alumni who serve as mentors."   

Venor Youth Employment helps clients create, manage, and maintain a structured and successful mentorship program to connect their student-athletes to varsity athlete alumni mentors, through their proprietary platform 'Students2Mentors'. Students2Mentors is a cloud-based platform that provides organizations with a streamlined approach to managing a successful mentorship program. It allows institutional clients to engage alumni in a meaningful way, while supporting student-athletes in building impactful relationships and a network to support them in their careers for years to come. 

X-Men football alumnus and StFX Sports Hall of Fame member Pat Jancsy, currently the Director, Private Wealth Advisors at Citizens Bank comments,"I look forward to mentoring the next generation of leaders from StFX and believe the greatest gift we can provide as alumni is our time, wisdom, and experience to help these student athletes prepare for their next challenge."

Likewise, current StFX student-athletes are equally excited about the launch of the ConneXions program. Amy Rowe, a third year Arts student on the X-Women soccer team notes, "I am very excited about the potential of this new program and how it will benefit me and my fellow student-athletes moving forward. There is always uncertainty as we plan for our career, and the thought of having a mentor assist in the transition is comforting and reassuring." 

Third year business student and X-Men hockey forward Holden Cook comments, "This is yet another example of how StFX Athletics helps prepare us for life after university. I feel very fortunate and can't wait to get involved with this program and make connections with people working in my field of interest."

The ConneXions Mentoring Program and Students2Mentors platform will be rolled out this coming spring.