Chapter Awards

Large Chapter Division

University of Notre Dame,

Chapter of the Year

“The College Mentors for Kids chapter at Notre Dame has striven to implement new procedures to improve all four categories of the program (leadership, activity quality, financial management, and safety) in order to become a role model for chapters all over the country, and the executive staff wants to reward every person in our program for the dedication they put into making our activities amazing each week by receiving recognition that we are on the right path.”

-President

Austin Shumate,

Outstanding Mentor of the Year

Virginia Tech

“Austin and his buddy last year, a fifth grader named Isaiah, developed such an amazing relationship that Isaiah’s mom asked if Austin would like to continue the relationship after Isaiah graduates! It was an amazing moment; the two of them still periodically got together after Isaiah moved on to middle school.”

-VP of Programming

Molli Powers,

Chapter President of the Year

Butler University

“Molli Powers deserves to be named President of the Year because as much as our chapter changes the lives of our little buddies, Molli will be the first person to say College Mentors for Kids has changed her life and shaped her into the strong, independent, and driven woman she is today because our little buddies teach her more than she can ever teach them.”

-General Manager

Meredith Peloso,

Chapter Leader of the Year

Virginia tech

“She is also the only one of our Vice Presidents of Programming who has a mentor bonding plan in place. Her general managers have regular bonding sessions outside of regular activity time, which helps to strengthen them as a team! It feels like everyone on her activity day is genuinely friends with one another – she has created an environment of support and friendship that lasts even after our little buddies go home. This is something we are looking to bring to all of our activity days!”

-VP of Activity Planning

Lauren Ottinger,

Outstanding Mentor of the Year

Ball State University

“Lauren is one of the most caring, patient, and kindest people I know. She is always willing to help when asked and even when she is not asked. She is not only a mentor to her little buddy to every little buddy she is around. All of the little buddies in our buddy family gravitate towards her. During my first activity with her, I could already tell she was outstanding. She is always my go-to when I need help or extra assistance during activity.”

-General Manager

Andrew Weisbach,

Outstanding Mentor of the Year

Butler University

“Andrew not only takes an interest in his little buddy, but the other little buddies in the program, the other mentors, and the staff members. He is always quick to jump on opportunities to learn and grow and is constantly putting his little buddy’s needs in the forefront of his mind. He is a remarkable person who will continue to leave a remarkable impact on the College Mentors Community.”

-President

Micah Mefford,

School Partner of the Year

Margaret Beeks Elementary School, Virginia Tech

“Micah Mefford and Margaret Beeks Elementary deserve to be our School Partner of the Year because of the consistent amount of support and unwavering dedication the school shows to our program, something that has not changed since we first began with this amazing school.”

-VP of Programming

Dixie Denton,

Site Manager of the Year

Ball State University

“Dixie believes wholeheartedly in every single mentor and staff member in College Mentors. Her enthusiasm, commitment, and pure heart inspire all those she interacts with.”

-President

Medium Chapter Division

North Carolina State University,

Chapter of the Year

“Our chapter works so hard to make sure these buddies are getting the best out of their College Mentors experience, teaching them all about college, but also showing them so much love, and teaching them that love and kindness is what their community needs.”

-Mentor

Lauren Miller,

Chapter President of the Year

University of Virginia

“Lauren is an amazing president. She is passionate in everything that she does, communicative, and organized. I am so lucky to work with Lauren who is someone that I can rely on for anything, even if it is not college mentors related. She will always listen and try to help in any way possible.”

-VP of Fundraising

Jessica Hoff

North Carolina State University

“Zayvion began the program as a child who wouldn’t speak, regardless of what anyone said or did. When he was assigned to Jessica, she would never get frustrated with the lack of responses when she would try to speak with him. Instead, she found different ways to encourage him each week, and the impact she has made on him is clear. Zayvion is now one of the happiest and joyful little buddies we have, and frequently partakes in long conversations with Jessica.”

-VP of Programming

Josh Wilson,

Outstanding Mentor of the Year

North Carolina State University

“Josh inspires others simply by showing how much he cares for his little buddy. I have noticed other mentors being more engaging with their little buddies after being around Josh and Jose. Seeing the bond between Josh and his little buddy makes other mentors want to strive for a deeper bond with their own little buddies. As VPP, I get so much joy out of watching Josh and Jose together. It is hard for me to think of a time when I have seen the two of them together and Jose isn’t smiling which is a testament to Josh’s great mentoring abilities.”

-VP of Programming

Small Chapter Division

Alyse Weinstein,

Chapter President of the Year

University of Cincinnati

“Alyse inspires our mentors and staff members simply by leading through perfect example. She is a democratic leader who values the input and cherishes the involvement of every single volunteer mentor and staff member. She works so hard to make sure that our University of Cincinnati chapter is performing to the best of our ability and her genuine love for the program and what it represents is evident through every action she takes and every word that she speaks”

-General Manager

Kyleigh Evans,

Chapter Leader of the Year

University of Cincinnati

“Kyleigh has stopped at nothing this year to improve our functionality, streamline communication, increase morale, and serve as a perfect example of what a dedicated, motivated, and truly inspired staff member should put forth for their chapter, and I could not possibly be more thankful to have had her on staff.”

-President

Amy DiCicco,

Outstanding Mentor of the Year

Marian University

“Raelynn (little buddy) wants to help other little buddies that are having a difficult time during activity and she wants everyone to have a smile on their face when they are with their mentor because that is really important to her. Amy has taught Raelynn how to respect others and how to be a leader for the younger little buddies and how she can set an example for them.”

-VP of Programming

Bonita Hirsch,

School Partner of the Year

Hoover Elementary School at Wabash College

We had many kids move out of the district or have behavior issues at school, but Bonita always informed me promptly, gave us new buddies, and cleared everything up during our Friday calls. She is honest with each little buddy and always takes time to ask them about our programs. Everyone, from little buddy to bus driver, respects Bonita for her constant kindness and tireless, valuable work.

-President

Ruth Turner,

Site Manager of the Year

Hanover College

“Our site manager is a huge advocate for literacy. She has helped chapter leadership implement a new component of College Mentors, which are books. After each activity each little buddy gets to take home a new book from our collection. The kids love getting to pick out their new book each week and by the end of the year they have a collection of about 16 books. Which many of them would not have otherwise.”

-President