Student Life



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.

CHAMPS builds a supportive community to empower the high school students, or mentees, to recognize their capabilities and potential for higher learning.


· To provide college role models and mentors, encouraging higher education

· To build self-confidence in the mentees

· To guide students through the college application process

· To teach students skills that will make their high school transition to college easier

· To build stronger communication relationship between students and their parents (regarding issues related to college and vocational endeavors)

· To show students that they have the potential for higher learning

· To provide students with an example of the atmosphere of college life


Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.


2:45 pm: Mentors huddle to review the night’s activities
3:00 pm: CHAMPS mentees arrive
3:00 – 5:00 pm: Group Activity, guest speaker, life skills
5:00 – 5:30 pm: Snack or dinner
5:30 pm: Mentees get picked up
5:30 – 6:00 pm: Mentors debrief


Gregory Hall at the University of Redlands.



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.


For inquiries, contact the office of CSL at 909.748.8288 or email Jessica Medvec here.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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