College and High School Aspiring Mothers Partnership for Success
The College & High School Aspiring Mothers Partnership for Success (CHAMPS) Program is a comprehensive mentoring program between college single parent students and Columbus area high school teen girls & young women who are parenting or pregnant. The CHAMPS Program empowers parenting girls & young women with the knowledge that education can bring economic self-sufficiency and shows by example that it is possible.
The mission of the College and High School Aspiring Mothers Partnership for Success (C.H.A.M.P.S.) Program is to encourage personal and college academic aspiration in Columbus area high school girls and young women who are expecting or currently parenting through mentoring and by providing them with a structured college preparatory experience.
The primary goal of the program is to increase the young women's opportunity to understand college from the perspective of a young single mother, therefore, increasing their chances to attend and graduate from a college or university.
CHAMPS is an ongoing project originally funded by the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. The ACCESS Collaborative Program received seed grant money in 2010 from the Women’s Fund to set the foundation for the CHAMPS project. In 2012, The Ohio State University ACCESS Collaborative Program launched its first annual CHAMPS mentoring program. Throughout the project, the teen mom mentees attended several intensive college-preparatory training classes lead by Ohio State professionals, visited various offices/programs on Ohio State's campus and interacted one-on-one with their parenting college mentors. Thirteen Columbus area pregnant or parenting teens and thirteen single parent ACCESS Program participants successfully completed the CHAMPS project in May 2012.
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