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Academic Mentors

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 amentor@ksu.edu or 785-532-6085.

If you are interested in becoming a host site for Academic Mentors, please contact graduate student coordinator Mac Benavides at mb2008@ksu.edu.

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