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KSU partners with Frankfort High School’s Mentorship Program


Kentucky State University (KSU) is continuing to strengthen its bonds with the Frankfort community as it has teamed up with Frankfort High School’s Mentorship Program.

Frankfort High School senior Avaughndre Douglas, 18, is an intern in both the Athletics Department and Office of External Relations and Development. Douglas began working at KSU on September 12 and he works four days a week.

“I wanted to be able to learn something different, that’s why I took this opportunity,” he said.

Douglas is no stranger to working with video. The aspiring Sports Management major also assisted on a project with KSU grad and videographer Joanna Hay. Hay also has produced several projects in Kentucky, including KSU’s promotional videos, which have aired in public service announcements on Louisville’s WLKY-TV. Douglas has used some of his skills to shoot photos on KSU’s campus.

“My first day at my internship was great,” he said. “I was able to take pictures of Mr. and Miss KSU which was really fun especially since I already knew Ms. (Natalie) Berry from Upward Bound. I thought that was pretty cool.”

Frankfort High School history teacher and mentorship program advisor Shane Hecker helped to place more than 30 students according to their interests with Frankfort businesses such as Rebecca Ruth, Capital City Radio, Frankfort Fire Department, Learning Tree Academy, Frankfort Dispatch, Great Beginnings, Department of Public Advocacy, Mo’s Barbershop, Workout Anytime, Franklin County Department of Health and Kentucky Heritage Council.

This marks the first year that the high school has organized the 14-week program to an entire senior class.

“We wholeheartedly believe we are developing a system of transformative education here within Frankfort Independent Schools and FHS by focusing on personalized and project-based learning for students, community outreach, and mentorships,” Hecker said.


Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University, affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students to compete in a multifaceted, ever-changing global society by providing student-centered learning while integrating teaching, research and service through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Frankfort, Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 1,700 students.

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