College Mentors for Kids is an after-school program where children are paired with a college student mentor for a full academic year. The program works with elementary school partners to identify children who could benefit from a mentor and is offered at no cost to families. College Mentors is not a tutoring program but rather encourages the joy of learning through educational activities in a group setting while getting one-on-one attention from a mentor. Activities are adapted for each grade level and center on higher education and career, culture and diversity or community service. Chapters offer opportunities to meet mentors early in the year and transportation to your local College Mentors chapter is provided (activities take place at your local university). If your child has been selected by their school to participate in College Mentors for Kids, we’re excited to meet them! If you’d like to enroll your kid in College Mentors for Kids, click below to see if he/she attends a participating elementary school and contact your school.
A Typical Day at College Mentors (sample times; your child's program may differ)
College student mentors are waiting to greet children as they arrive on campus.
The theme for the day is set with the College Question of the Week like ‘where do college students live while they’re at school?’ or ‘what careers can you have with a chemistry degree?’
Children eat a snack with their mentor while reading the Book of the Week.
Then it’s time to meet with the day’s guest speaker and do a fun activity that exposes children to all sorts of new experiences. Past activities have included visiting a campus TV station and learning how to become a reporter, discovering ways to help others by making scarves for a homeless shelter, and exploring new cultures with different professors.
After an active day, it’s journal time where children talk and write about what they learned and how it applies to their life before packing up to head home.
Why should your child join College Mentors?
Here’s what Cortney, a College Mentors parent with three children in the program, had to say, “We love it. The kids love it. They like being able to go on campus, and the mentors do a lot of hands on activities with them. I think it gives them a confidence booster. It gives them something to look forward to. It gives them something to work towards. I really think College Mentors has helped them a lot.”
College Mentors is all about exposing children to higher education and helping them succeed in life. Children discover new careers and learn the value of working hard in school today so that they can achieve their goals in the future. Mentors encourage children to reach for the stars and believe in their dreams.