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 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.

Program Details


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

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: Friday, May 1, 2020

CHAMPS Application


Jessica Parent
Program Coordinator