Name: College and High-School Alliance Mentoring Program and Service
Advisor: Jessica Medvec
Phone: (909)748-8288 Email: CHAMPS@Redlands.edu
The CHAMPS program was established in 2007 to provide a continued mentoring service to the high school students that were too old for Big Buddies. The program is structured as a group-on-group setting, with one-on-one pairings. This system expands the role model influence to many different types of college students from the University of Redlands. The program invites high school students from the Redlands area to participate.
The mission of CHAMPS is to provide a wide range of high school students with positive college mentors. CHAMPS builds a supportive community to empower the high school students, or mentees, to recognize their capabilities and potential for higher learning. The College Mentors and Student Directors of CHAMPS work hard to provide opportunities for the high school mentees to build self-confidence, leadership, social, and communication skills in order to achieve their goals.
The College Mentors are selected through an application and interview process that takes place during the first month of each semester. In order to verify that the college mentors will be appropriate for the CHAMPS program, the names of each applicant are run through the Student Life Office for a university background/disciplinary check. All College Mentors also complete a background check through the Lexis Nexis.
CHAMPS meets every Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The University is pleased to offer a mentoring program to the local community free of charge. The response from parents and students has been overwhelmingly positive. If you are interested, please contact the Office of Community Service Learning at (909) 748-8288.
Kate Van Vuren, senior
Addison Fonseca, sophomore
Nora Godfrey, sophomore