C.H.A.M.P.S.

College and High School Aspiring Mothers Partnership for Success: C.H.A.M.P.S.

The CHAMPS Program is a comprehensive mentoring program between college parenting 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.

Mission

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.

Goals of the Program
  • To increase the pregnant/parenting high school mom's opportunity to understand college from the perspective of a parenting student attending college, therefore increasing their chances to attend and graduate from a college or university

  • Equip pregnant/parenting high school moms with the knowledge they need to prepare for and gain access to college

  • Provide leadership skills to pregnant/parenting college mothers that are transferrable to their future professional careers

Program Details

Why Participate in CHAMPS?

Students who participate in the CHAMPS Program will have the opportunity to:

  • Build trusting and supportive relationships with a college mom

  • Receive help with transitioning from high school to college

  • Learn techniques on how to balance school, parenting, work and life

  • Expand knowledge of applying for college, financial aid, selecting career paths and options

  • Learn first-hand experiences from college moms about life as a mom in college

  • Meet and interact with other teen moms in the Columbus area

Participant Responsibilities

Students who participate in the CHAMPS Program will be required to:

  • Complete the online application process

    • A phone interview is required after application is submitted and reviewed

  • Attend MANDATORY Monthly College Prep/Self-Sufficiency virtual workshops

    • CHAMPS participants will meet virtually once a month on a Tuesday evening for college prep & self-sufficiency workshops (workshops will be 60-75 minutes long)

    • Topics such as: Financial Aid, College Admissions, Career and Major Exploration, Goal Setting, Relationship Building & Juggling Parenthood & Education

  • Participate in MANDATORY Monthly Let's Chat Virtual Meeting with mentor

    • Once a month, CHAMPS participants will be required to participate in a private one-on-one virtual chat for 15-30 minutes with their assigned mentor

  • Communicate with your mentor regularly outside of regularly scheduled CHAMPS activities

  • Complete online monthly check-in forms

*Please Note: All CHAMPS activities for the 2020-2021 academic year will be hosted virtually.

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.

Eligibility

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 (recent high school graduates will be considered at staff's discretion)

  • 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

Apply for C.H.A.M.P.S.

We are now accepting Category I applications (high school students only) for the 2020-2021 academic school year! All applications must be submitted online.

The Fall Deadline is: Monday, September 28, 2020.

CHAMPS Application

Questions?

Jessica Parent
Program Manager
614-247-8258
parent.22@osu.edu