Campus Connections

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Our Lab

What Does a Night at Campus Connections Look Like?

3:00pm-4:00pm Pre-Lab
4:00pm-4:30pm Walk and Talk
4:30pm- 5:30pm Supporting School Success
5:30pm- 6:00pm Dinner
6:00pm-7:00pm Pro-Social Activities (facilitated by mentors)
7:00pm-8:00pm Pro-Social Activities (facilitated by mentors)
8:00pm- 9:00pm Post-Lab

The youth begin to arrive at Campus Connections at 3:45pm, and at 7:30pm families of the youth welcomed to observe Campus Connections activities and begin to pick youth up. Mentor and mentee pairs are organized by Mentor Families that include 6-8 individuals (mentors and mentees).

Pre-lab is a time for our mentors to have the opportunity to meet with their lab instructor, mentor coaches, as well as fellow mentors and discuss the upcoming evening. During this time weekly readings are integrated into preparation for the night to come. In addition, mentor families take turns supervising the Early Arrival Room for youth who arrive at Campus Connections prior to 3:45.

Walk and Talk
Walk and Talk is a half hour walk that takes place immediately after youth arrive. Mentor families "tour the campus" on walks to different buildings on campus. This is a time for our mentors to build strong relationships with their mentees as well as for mentees to get outside and explore everything that a college campus has to offer.

Supporting School Success
Supporting School Success is an important part of Campus Connections because it is one-on-one time that the youth get with their mentor to focus on school. During this time mentees can work on anything from homework and time management skills to building a resume or filling out college applications. In the past we have visited fire stations, brought in military recruiters, visited different departments on campus, as well as other career building activities. During this hour, mentees may also participate in Job Readiness Workshops. A representative from the Workforce of Larimer County comes during this hour to teach youth how to fill out job applications, write a resume, search for jobs, and talk to potential employers. Other specialized academic and professional skill building activities are sometimes offered during this time as well.

Dinner is provided by the Larimer County Food Bank every week free-of-charge for the youth and for a nominal fee to mentors. Mentor families eat as a "family" and create a healthy dinner atmosphere for the youth.

Pro-Social Activities
Each week our mentors lead and participate in a different activity for the youth. These activities are meant to be pro-social and encourage positive recreation and interactions between everyone involved. Activities change week to week because the mentors take turns facilitating activities for the youth, in the past activities have included a variety of sports, cooking, arts and crafts, music, and dancing.

Post-Lab is again a time for our mentors to meet with their lab instructor, mentor coaches, and fellow mentors and debrief about the night. This is an open forum to discuss success stories as well as possible problems from the evening. Mentors are also allotted time to complete their weekly journals.