Mentees will follow a six month curriculum consisting of workshops and programming on topics such as:
- Relationship Building
- Career and Major Exploration
- Goal Setting
- Financial Aid and College Admissions
- Anger Management
- Building Healthy Self-Esteem
- Professional Etiquette
- Campus Tours
Note: An online curriculum covering the topics listed above is also available for Category II participants.
Mandatory monthly workshops will take place at Community Properties of Ohio's Columbus Scholar House (located at 84 N. 17th Street) and on Ohio State's campus and will be facilitated by community partners, colleagues from within Ohio State's Office of Diversity and Inclusion and staff from various Ohio State departments and units. Transportation is available to and from all monthly workshops (for mentees only). Dinner will be served 30 minutes prior to the start of all workshops and child care is available for all CHAMPS participants during each monhly workshop. A gift card will be awarded to participants for each workshop attended.
- Mentor Commitment
Mentors commit to one year of mentoring beginning in the fall. Mentors will attend leadership development trainings prior to the start of the program to assist in the mentoring and relationship building process. The trainings will cover program curriculum, mentor expectations, how to foster mentor/mentee relationships and mentor/mentee benefits.
- The Relationship
During the fall, mentors and mentees will be matched based upon common interests and career goals. The pair will interact monthly during the eight month project via program workshops, emails and phone. We are hopeful that mentees and mentors will build long lasting relationships and keep in contact after graduation and beyond the umbrella of the CHAMPS Program.
Category I: One-on-One Mentoring
Category I is for HS students only. Category I participants will be matched with one pregnant/parenting college student who participates in the Ohio State ACCESS Program in a one-on-one mentoring relationship. Category I mentees will be required to attend mandatory monthly college prep workshops alongside their mentor throughout the academic school year.
Eligibility: Participation as a Category I Mentee requires:
High School female who is pregnant or parenting in the Columbus surrounding area
Serious interest in attending a 2-year or 4-year college
Interest in learning about transitioning from high school to college as a parenting student
Willingness to participate in a healthy mentoring relationship
Single parent who has full-time custodial responsibility of all dependent children
2.5 GPA or above
Special Note: Although we have desired GPA requirements, we will still review all applications, even if they do not meet the GPA requirements listed above.
Category I: One-on-One Mentoring
Category I participants will be matched with one pregnant/parenting high school student in a one-on-one mentoring relationship. Category I mentors will be required to attend mandatory monthly workshops alongside their mentee throughout the academic school year.
Eligibility: Participation as a Category I Mentor requires:
- Female single parent (or expecting single parent) attending a college or university in the Columbus, OH area and enrolled in the ACCESS Program
- Currently maintaining a GPA of a 2.5 or higher
- Looking for professional, presentation and leadership skills
- Interested in serving the community