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How to Become a Mentor

In order to become a mentor with Campus Connections, students must attend one of the Mandatory Informational Meetings scheduled below. Attendance at one session is required, but attendees are under no obligation to apply. Just come and learn more about this exciting program. Following the meeting, you are invited to submit a Mentor Application (available below).


Mentor Application Packet Spring 2019

Informational Meetings:

Informational Meetings: All interested students must attend a mandatory informational meeting with a Campus Connections Recruitment Coordinator. Please email to schedule your meeting.

Applications will be accepted as space permits!

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Unique Service Learning Opportunity

Campus Connections is a service learning course offered at Colorado State University to undergraduate and graduate students who have relevant education and experience. We have students from over 65 majors involved in Campus Connections, but many are Human Development and Family Studies, Health and Exercise Science, Spanish, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Psychology majors. Campus Connections is a 3-credit course and is offered four nights a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) from 3:00pm-9:00pm. Each night a different set of student mentors and youth mentees attend Campus Connections. Students register for a specific night and attend that night during the entire semester as you would a regular CSU course. The Campus Connections experience provides students with a unique opportunity that combines coursework with experience working with youth and adolescents. Check out our Campus Connections Schedule to learn more about what students do during each Campus Connections lab.

Campus Connections mentors serve as positive role models to their mentees and many develop strong bonds throughout the program. Student mentors are part of a dynamic team designed to provide academic, social, and wellness support to youth mentees. Students attend a weekly lab session from 3:00pm-9:00pm. Youth mentees participate from 4:00pm-8:00pm, arriving an hour after and leaving an hour before mentors, mentor coaches, and instructors, which allows time to prepare for and wrap up the evening. Each week mentors spend an hour assisting their mentee with homework and studying. Mentors also offer their mentee practical information about higher education opportunities and discuss future goals. Mentor-mentee pairs have fun and explore campus together (in small groups, not individually) with half-hour walks designed to get to know CSU as well as to help youth become excited about college. Mentors and mentees spend time together participating in a variety of pro-social activities that challenge both the youth and the mentors to try new things. Mentors also have the opportunity to lead:

  • cooking classes to teach mentees about healthy meals and snacks,
  • sports activities (soccer, kickball, basketball, etc.),
  • arts and craft activities, and much more.

Youth mentees also have the option to participate in a community service activity where the youth identify a community issue they want to work on and implement that plan through the Public Achievement model. In addition to activities, everyone shares family style dinners together during Campus Connections that are delivered by the Food Bank of Larimer County.

Campus Connections is unlike any other class you will take at CSU. Students describe their experience as life changing and one of the most memorable experiences of their college career. They learn a lot about themselves and develop professional skills that give them a competitive edge in this job market.

Please consider submitting an application to engage in this exciting service learning experience.