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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.

Currently Hiring New Mentors

Academic Mentoring is currently seeking individuals dedicated to helping children in the Manhattan community. Apply online today! Academic Mentor applications are accepted at any time during the year, including summer, but the selection process usually starts at the beginning of each semester.


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