College Mentors for Kids, Inc., is a national non-profit organization that pairs elementary- and middle school-aged students in respective communities with a university student mentor at local universities.
"College Mentors for Kids connects college students with the most to give to kids who need it most - we want all school kids to look forward sooner and be able to give back later."
Each elementary or middle school student ("Little Buddy") is paired with his or her own mentor ("Big Buddy") - Mentors and Mentees meet at the same time each week, depending on the elementary school. Activities are mainly group-focused, but time is saved throughout activity each week for the buddy pairs to form and strengthen a personal relationship.
1/6-- One in every six children live in poverty
8% of children living in poverty attain a four-year degree
67% of new jobs this year will require some postsecondary education, but
22% of people over the age of twenty-five have earned a bachelor's degree
90% of children in the program report that they "definitely" want to go to college
96% of children in the program think that doing well in school is important to their future
89% of parents report improvement in their child's scholastic achievement after joining College Mentors for Kids
89% of children say they've learned a great deal about different jobs and careers since joining the program
62% of third-grade students participating in College Mentors for Kids achieved ISTEP+ scores that were >5% or higher than their peers
84% of mentors report that they are more likely to continue with community service after their experience with College Mentors for Kids
All College Mentors for Kids activities pertain to one of three core categories: Higher Education and Careers, Culture and Diversity, and Community Service.
Higher Education and Careers: Helps inform Little Buddies on a multitude of educational and vocational opportunities available to them, and informs them of the interdependency and interconnectivity of education and career options
Culture and Diversity: Helps Little Buddies to be more aware of the diverse and eclectic living and working environments of today's world, as well as exposing them to the languages, foods, arts, histories, and traditions of various cultural groups.
Community Service: Allows Little Buddies to identify and respond to the immediate needs in their communities through exposure to different community service activities and opportunities.
All activities take place away from the elementary schools - we bus the kids to the activity location, be it at the Ohio Union, at the dairy barns on West Campus, or downtown! All activities must relate to Higher Education & Careers, Culture & Diversity, or Community Service.
Components of every activity include, but are not limited to:
Book of the Week: A selection of children's literature relevant to the activity theme
College Question of the Week: Promotes deeper thinking from the kids and allows them to see how the activity content relates to a larger theme
Activity Time: An age-appropriate activity that teaches the kids about a topic within our core themes and inspires them to see the opportunities as relevant to them
Journal Time: Allows the kids time to reflect on the activity and discuss the larger picture with their Big Buddies
Windsor S.T.E.M. Academy
Linden S.T.E.M. Academy
3PM - 5PM
West Franklin Elementary
3:45PM - 5:45PM
Weinland Park Elementary
4PM - 6PM
Hamilton S.T.E.M. Academy