Academic Mentors

Academic Mentors is a program 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 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 per week at $12/hour, for a minimum of 25 weeks at 17 local schools and community organizations, serving more than 2,000 children a year.

Applications to be an Academic Mentor are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply any time, and contact us for questions.

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  • 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
  • Completed the FAFSA and 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


If you have questions about becoming an Academic Mentor, please contact student coordinators Austin Rook and Jakobi Hackett at or 785-532-6085.

If you are interested in becoming a host site for Academic Mentors, email Del'Sha Roberts at