About Campus Connections

About Campus Connections

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About Campus Connections

Campus Connections was originally developed by our partners at Colorado State University. The program was then brought to the University of Northern Colorado in Fall 2015. CSU and UNC have both worked generously as collaborators as UCCS seeks to bring Campus Connections to Colorado Springs and El Paso County. Campus Connections at UCCS was founded in 2017 and will have its inaugural group of youth and mentors in the Spring of 2019.

Mission
Campus Connections aims to strengthen youth skills, self-confidence, and community engagement. Our goals are to promote resilience and success of community youth as well as strengthen the community support in order to better serve youth and their families. In our mentors, we hope to create community-engaged leaders.

Student mentors spend four hours once a week with their mentee in a group setting and one-on-one to provide academic support, career planning, positive social skill development, and to develop goals while providing an environment conducive to goal attainment. Strong bonds between mentors and mentees develop over the course of the program. Advanced graduate students and experienced clinical supervisors provide support and guidance to the mentors during Campus Connections to form a collaborative approach and supportive environment for working with youth.

Campus Connections at UCCS is housed within the Department of Human Services in the College of Education.
Philosophy
Through partnerships between the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and stakeholders in the El Paso County Community, Campus Connections provides therapeutic mentoring to youth in middle school and high school, in a structured multi-level mentoring community. Youth who are at risk of not reaching their full potential due to individual or environmental risk factors are referred to Campus Connections and matched with a UCCS student mentor. UCCS graduate and undergraduate students provide one-on-one mentorship to youth.

The Campus Connections program takes place entirely on UCCS’s campus, providing exposure to university life and allowing youth to experience firsthand the possibilities of education and the value of learning. Working collaboratively, university faculty and doctoral-level students coordinate and supervise while providing comprehensive group learning and instruction to compliment the mentorship experience and needs of the youth.

Campus Connections creates an environment in which each mentorship pairing is nested within a small mentoring group, known as a Mentor Family. The Mentor Family is typically comprised of youth in similar developmental and chronological ages. This unique feature of Campus Connections allows youth to positively interact with their peers while benefiting from their primary mentor and a community of caring peers within their Mentor Family.