The CHAMPS program was established in 2007 to provide a continued mentoring service to the high school students that aged out of 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 (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 relationships 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


Sundays 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


The Casa Loma Room at the University of Redlands.

2020-2021 Student Directors:

Hannah Albrecht, Senior 
Bethany Sieffert, Sophomore


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 have clear credentials to serve with the Big Buddies program, the names of each applicant are run through the Student Affairs Office for a university background/disciplinary check as well as a background check with Verified Volunteers.


For inquiries, please contact the Coordinator of Children's Programs or Associate Director by calling the Office of Community Service Learning at (909) 748-8288.