Academic Mentoring is a program activity of HandsOn Kansas State focused on the academic success of youth in the Greater Manhattan community. K-State students eligible for Federal Work-Study are placed in school and community-based classrooms/programs that promote and support teachers, staff, volunteers, and parents to promote and support academic skills, family literacy, and positive youth development. Academic Mentors contribute 10 hours a week for a minimum of 25 weeks at 17 local schools and community organizations, serving over 2,000 children a year.
If you have questions about becoming an Academic Mentor, please contact student coordinator Shannon Bellamy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-532-6085.
If you are interested in becoming a host site for Academic Mentors, please contact graduate student coordinator Mac Benavides at email@example.com.
Qualifications for Potential Mentors
- Be interested in working with youth and their families
- Be a positive role model for youth
- Have experience in volunteering, community service or youth development
- Be eligible for Federal Work Study
- Commit to being a mentor for at least two semesters
- Accepted Criminal Background check
- Be able to attend monthly mentor and professional development meetings
- Acquire skills and knowledge in specified areas such as youth development and literacy
- Professional development, networking, and training opportunities
- Serve as a role model to youth in the community
- Group leadership development opportunities
- Personal fulfillment of making an impact in the community while still in college