After almost four semesters of virtual mentoring, Campus Connections is returning to in-person and recruiting mentors for the spring semester. Campus Connections is looking for students who want to make a difference and connect with local youth ages 10-18. The priority deadline for applications is October 20, but applications will continue to be accepted as space permits.
This three-credit service-learning course allows students to explore helping professions 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. Community engaged learning 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?
Campus Connections youth mentoring provides direct support to youth who have experienced adversity is this 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 90 majors to mentor youth referred through the juvenile justice system, schools and community agencies. Beginning Spring 2022, Campus Connections will return to face to face programming on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays from 3:30-9 p.m. Students who participate will choose one of the three nights to register for and attend the Campus Connections lab and recitation classes. The sooner students submit their application, the more likely they are to get their 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.
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 on their lab night, spending four hours engaging with youth in a structured and engaging mentoring community. Graduate students in the Family Therapy program also participate by providing therapeutic support to the youth mentees. Before and after the mentoring time with youth, students will also participate in pre-lab (3:30-4:30 p.m.) and post-lab-(8:30-9:30 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
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 CampusConnections@colostate.edu
Applications will be accepted as space permits.
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.