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.  Due to the 2023-2024 academic year coming to an end, CHAMPS will begin accepting new students in September 2024. If you would like be contacted for availability in CHAMPS this fall, please complete this interest form.




  • 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


Mondays from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

Sample Itinerary: 

5:30 pm: CHAMPS mentees arrive, Opening group activity 

6:05 pm: Weekly thematic mentor activity or guest speaker 

7:00 pm: Mentee pick up 


The Orton Center 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 have clear credentials to serve with the CHAMPS 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 Sterling Volunteers.


For inquiries, please contact the Director of Children's Programs by calling the Office of Community Service Learning at (909) 748-8292.