Campus Connections is a 12-week program held one evening per week from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at UCCS in Columbine Hall. Campus Connections offers one-on-one mentoring for community youth, typically referred from the juvenile justice system, schools, and other youth service providers.
Each week youth have the opportunity to get assistance with schoolwork, explore the campus, have a family dinner, build healthy relationships, practice pro-social behavioral skills, and participate in enriching activities
Each youth who participates in Campus Connections is paired with a current UCCS student mentor who works closely with graduate students and faculty members. Mentors work closely with youth to provide exposure to the college life and the vast opportunities college provides with weekly walks around campus.
Campus Connections is committed to providing a positive, safe, and comfortable place to develop meaningful relationships and encourage pro-social behavior. Campus Connections is grounded in evidence-based practices for youth mentoring.
Campus Connections focuses on individualized academic and career support to establish future goals and help youth work towards achieving those goals. Because Campus Connections is located entirely on a college campus, youth experience firsthand the possibilities of education and the importance of learning.