Make an impact: Become part of Campus Connections mentoring program

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Campus Connections is recruiting mentors for the fall semester. We are looking for students who want to make a difference and connection with local youth ages 10-18!  The priority deadline for applications is April 1, but we will continue to accept applications as space permits.

This three-credit service-learning course allows you to explore and develop unique leadership skills while getting a chance to mentor youth ages 10-18 years old who have experienced adversity. CSU students have described their experience in Campus Connections as life-changing and one of the most memorable experiences of their college career.

Students can also earn the new Youth Mentoring Certificate in Campus Connections (9-credits). It is a great way to recognize student leadership and experience working with youth! As a Campus Connections mentor, students gain experience working directly with a high-need population and make their resumes stand out. Outreach work of this nature gives students an important new skill set and professional work experience, while also allowing them to work directly with youth and their families.

What is Campus Connections?

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A Campus Connections mentor helps a mentee with her schoolwork.

Campus Connections: Therapeutic Mentoring for Youth Who Have Experienced Adversity is a multidisciplinary service-learning course offered through the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at CSU. The goal of Campus Connections is to strengthen youth life skills and self-confidence and to promote resilience and life success.

The mentors who participate in Campus Connections come from more than 85 majors to mentor youth referred through the juvenile justice system, schools and community agencies. Campus Connections is offered virtually on two different nights (Monday and Tuesday). Students who participate will choose one of the two nights to register for and attend lab. The sooner you submit your application, the more likely you are to get your first choice section.

How is it unique?

Campus Connections is a unique program because it has the structure and therapeutic staff to address the mental health and behavioral issues of youths beyond the scope of traditional mentorship programs. Throughout the semester, CSU students spend four hours (4:30-8:30 p.m.) providing both individual and group mentoring.

During the Fall 2021 semester, Campus Connections will be offered Monday and Tuesday evenings. Students must register for HDFS 470A after being accepted into the program. Mentoring will take place during weekly sessions that include individual tutoring and positive group enrichment activities, which will be student planned and implemented based on youth needs and interests. Students will participate in Campus Connections from 4:00-8:30 p.m. on their lab night (Mon or Tues). Two groups of youth will participate in CC from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. so each mentor will have two mentees and interact with about six additional youth each week. Before and after the mentoring time with youth, students will also participate in Pre-lab (4-4:30 p.m.) and Post-lab-(8:30-9 p.m.) meetings focused on skill building and planning for the evening. In addition, students will reflect on lab and discuss weekly readings and other assignments related to mentoring

Learn more

Those who are interested can also speak with one of the current Campus Connections mentors, who are happy to answer any questions about their experiences working with the youth. To have one of the Campus Connections interns connect you with a CSU student mentor who is currently enrolled in the program, email

Applications will be accepted as space permits. Please email for more information.

Have more questions?

Office: (970) 492-4004
Location: Gifford Building, Room 142

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.