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Did You Know?
Campus Corps is a unique service-learning
program. The heart of the program is a 3
credit course that provides CSU students
with the opportunity to make a difference
in a youth’s life, while building their own
professional and personal capabilities.
“Campus Corps influenced me
in terms of volunteering and
service work. This kind of
thing can change a person’s
-youth mentee
Did You Know?
Youth attending Campus Corps face of many hardships:
 Poverty
 Family instability or difficulties
 Mental and/or physical health issues
 Inadequate social support and/or peer
 Academic underachievement
 Substance abuse challenges
“Before, I hung out with
people who were smoking
pot and stuff. Coming here
made me realize I didn’t
want to hang around
people like that.”
-youth mentee
Did You Know?
 Student mentors from over 80 different majors
on CSU’s campus participate in Campus Corps.
 Mentor participation in the program is
associated with 63% lower odds of dropping out
of CSU in any given year.
“Lately people have been
telling me how great I am,
they like my personality and
sense of humor. I learned not
to just stand back and watch,
but to actually meet people. It
actually has changed my life a
-youth mentee
Did You Know?
Campus Corps is gaining national recognition for
several unique components of the program:
 Mentoring occurs on a university campus as part of
a service-learning course for academic credit
 One-on-one mentoring occurs in a group setting
 Mentoring pairs are organized into Mentor Families
 Therapists are onsite to support youth as needed
 Each mentee chooses their own mentor from
mentor profiles
“I’ve made some new
friends and had a lot
of fun!”
-youth mentee
Did You Know?
Campus Corps conducts extensive research on the
efficacy of the program. Findings include that
Attend school more regularly
Have improved academic performance
Use less alcohol and drugs
Engage in fewer delinquent behaviors
Enjoy better mental health
Have stronger social support and social skill
“It helped with my relationship with my mom.
Before, we argued a lot and we didn’t get along.
My mentor gave me tips to go home and deal with
the problem. It helped a lot with that and my
relationship with my brother,”
-youth mentee
Did You Know?
During the 12-week program (4 hours weekly) mentees
One on one mentoring
Academic support and career planning
Positive social skills development
Assistance with goal setting
A motivational and encouraging environment
Fun and supportive role models
Exposure to a university campus and higher education
Family style dinner
“I feel more open and talk to
people more than I used to.”
-youth mentee
Did You Know?
Campus Corps is designed to prepare university
students to become highly skilled, civically
engaged human service professionals and
community leaders.
”I’m a lot better when it comes to approaching
situations more calmly and dealing with conflict in a
more responsible way. “
-youth mentee
Did You Know?
Campus Corps is unique in offering a
therapeutic approach to mentoring:
 Doctoral-level licensed Marriage and Family Therapists direct and
supervise the program
 Instructors are family therapy graduate students
 Therapists provide support to youth during the program for issues
such as:
Substance Use
Social Anxiety
Being Bullied at School
Family DifficultiesSuicidal Ideation
“My relationship with my Dad has changed a
lot because my mentor taught me how to
interact better with people. Lately, I’ve been
getting along with my Dad and he has been
treating me way differently…positively. “
-youth mentee
“Before Campus Corps, I thought, “Oh I’m never
going to succeed; I’m never going to get anywhere.”
Then I came here and got the support that I
needed. I’ve noticed that if you get the right
support and give the right support, you get to
where you want to be. Now that I’ve been here, I
feel like if I want to do something, I will do it no
matter how many people tell me I can’t. My
mentor has been a big part of this.”
-youth mentee
Did You Know?
 Campus Corps is offered four evenings per week
 Youth mentees attend one night a week from
4:00-8:00 pm
 Campus Corps serves over 300 youth per year
 Approximately 25-35 different mentor-mentee
pairs attend each night for the 12 week session
 Many mentors and mentees return for multiple
How is an evening of Campus
Corps structured?
Pre-Lab for CSU students (mentors only)
Youth mentees arrive
Mentor Families explore campus on Walk & Talk
Supporting School Success (tutoring)
Family Style Dinner
Pro-social Activity (e.g., sports, art, music)
Pro-social Activity (e.g., sports, art, music)
Youth mentees depart
Post-Lab for CSU mentors only
Pre-Lab, 3:00-4:00 pm
Led by Family Therapists, CSU student mentors to
prepare for the evening by:
 Brainstorming strategies to meet the unique and
individualized needs of each youth
 Discussing issues affecting youth, such as bullying,
academic challenges, and family relationships
 Learning and practicing evidence-based ways to
improve mentorship, such as Motivational Interviewing,
life skills training, and diversity awareness
Walk and Talk, 4:00-4:30 pm
Upon arrival to Campus Corps, youth go on a established
walk around campus with their mentor and Mentor Family.
Walk and Talk provides an opportunity to:
 Relationship building between mentor-mentee pairs
 Get some exercise and spend time outside
 Explore campus, majors, and career opportunities
“It made me want to go to college
more, that’s for sure. I had thought
it might be too much work, but I
see that my mentor is getting her
work done and having fun. It
definitely upped the ante on
wanting to go to college.”
-youth mentee
Supporting School Success,
4:30-5:30 pm
Together, student mentors and youth mentees monitor the
mentees’ grades and attendance each week.
CSU student mentors tutor their youth mentee on
homework, applications to college, job searches, etc.
“My attendance got better. I think I ditched only once this
year, but last year I ditched once a week”
-youth mentee
Did You Know?
Campus Corps is grounded in evidence-based practices for
youth mentoring and is conducting rigorous research to
maximize its intervention effects.
We are developing and testing our unique mentoring
program components, and disseminating our research
“My grades have actually gone up. They were really
bad last year. My mentor has actually started
helping me with my work which has made me feel
like I can do it.”
-youth mentee
Did You know?
72% of youth mentees
reported better
relationships with
others, including peers,
family members, and
Did you know?
75% of youth
mentees reported
attitudes about
future plans
regarding school
and career.
Referrals to Campus Corps
Schools (Poudre and Thompson School Districts)
 Truancy & Expelled student programs
 School Counselors & Social Workers
 School Resource Police Officers
Department of Human Services (DHS)
 Abused and neglected youth
Juvenile Justice System
 District Attorney
 Probation
 Senate Bill 94
 Restorative Justice
 Center for Family Outreach
Human Service Agencies
 Touchstone
 Childsafe
 Crossroads
 Private Therapists
 Bipolar and Depression Clinic
 Matthew’s House
 Housing Authority
 Center for Couple and Family Therapy
 Larimie River Valley Rendezvous
 Remington House
 Turning Point
Human Svc
Criminal Offenses of Youth
Assault 4%
Interference 4%
Crim. Mischief/Dis. conduct 6%
Harassment 7%
Trespassing 8%
Theft 15%
Other offenses 20%
Campus Corps is a learning community
That engages CSU students with at-risk youth
1 of 17 learning communities on campus
Campus Corps Learning Community
Participation in CCLC allows students to:
 Gain experience working with at-risk youth
 Develop relationships with other CCLC
students and faculty
 Develop leadership skills
 Build resume and professionalism
 Help to improve the lives of local youth
Did You Know?
Campus Corps involves and provides support to
 Parents/ guardians attend the youth’s initial intake
and the graduation ceremony.
 Parents are informed weekly of their child’s progress
during the program directly by the mentor and case
 Parent education and support, referrals to community
resources, emergency intervention, and therapy
services are readily available.
“I had low grades, mostly F’s
and now I don’t have any.
Now I just go to class on
time. My mentor would help
me with homework
sometimes or we would go
and check my grades.”
-youth mentee
“When my grades were low, I was kind
of like, ‘Whatever. I’m not going to
pass; why should I even bother?’ But
you know, after my mentor helped me
get my grades up, I was like ‘Okay, I can
do this.”
-youth mentee
Family Style Dinner 5:30-6:00 pm
 Participants enjoy dinner with their Mentor
 A hot nutritious meal is provided by The Food
Bank of Larimer County
 This meal is important because many youth
are food insecure
Pro-Social Activities
6-7pm and 7-8pm
Mentor pairs participate in two one-hour
activities each night.
All activities promote creativity, positive, and
fun social interactions.
All activities are created and run by CSU
mentors and sometimes even by the youth!
Types of Activities
Dancing Creative
• Gardening
Social Justice Awareness
Science projects
Community Services
projects (e.g. baking cakes
shelters, letters to
Did You Know?
Research results show that among the youth
that attend Campus Corps, they improve in the
following areas:
Reduced truancy
Reduced substance use
Reduced delinquent behavior
Improved attitudes about substance use
Improved psychological well being
Did You Know?
87% of youth mentees that participated in Campus
Corps reported improvement in academics, including:
 Improved attendance
 Improved grades
 Greater understanding of schoolwork
“Everyone at Campus Corps is incredibly supportive.
As a mentor you never feel alone or in a situation
you can’t handle because help is always already on
its way.”
CSU student mentor
Did You Know?
As a result of participation in Campus Corps, CSU student
mentors reported :
Improved leadership skills
Improved ability to manage stress
Increased self-awareness
Expanded commitment to civic action
Enriched interpersonal skills
“I was ready to drop out of college before
joining Campus Corps and now, because of my
time spent with the youth, I am excited about
the possibility of pursuing an education
-CSU student mentor
“I changed a lot because I feel better about
myself, I feel great about myself, and I feel like
I am happy.”
-youth mentee
“I loved having a chance to get close with my Mentor
Family every week. We had inside jokes, played
games, and were always there to support one
-CSU student mentor
Did You Know?
Campus Corps has received funding from the
Bohemian Foundation
Colorado State University
CSU Dept of Human Development and Family Studies
Department of Human Services
Poudre School District
Thompson School District
Corporation for National and Community Service.
Private donors
Contracts from referral agencies
Did You Know?
Campus Corps partners with:
 Food bank of Larimer County (dinner)
 Salvation Army (transportation for Loveland youth)
 Workforce Center of Larimer County (employment
 CSU Health and Exercise Science (sports equipment)
 Growing Project (CSU Food Science & Human Nutrition)
Did You Know?
Campus Corps is an award-winning program:
 2013 Outstanding Engagement Award, College of
Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State
 2012 Exceptional Innovative Instruction in Service
Learning, The Institute for Learning and Teaching,
Colorado State University
 2012 National Service Impact Challenge Finalist,
Corporation for National and Community Service

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