Campus Connections was originally developed by our partners at Colorado State University. The program was then brought to the University of Northern Colorado in Fall 2015. CSU and UNC have both worked generously as collaborators as UCCS seeks to bring Campus Connections to Colorado Springs and El Paso County.
The Campus Connections program provides exposure to university life and allows youth to experience firsthand the possibilities of education and the value of learning. Working collaboratively, university faculty, staff and masters-level students coordinate and supervise while providing comprehensive group learning and instruction to compliment the mentorship experience and needs of the youth.
Campus Connections creates an environment in which each mentorship pairing is nested within a small mentoring group, known as a Mentor Family. The Mentor Family is typically comprised of youth in similar developmental and chronological ages. This unique feature of Campus Connections allows youth to positively interact with their peers while benefiting from their primary mentor and a community of caring peers within their Mentor Family.