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Serve as a mentor to at-risk youth for academic credit

September 21, 2012

Want to mentor at-risk youth on the CSU campus for three upper division credits during the spring 2013 semester?

youth with stacks of books Consider joining Campus Corps!

Campus Corps is a multidisciplinary service learning course (HDFS 497) involving CSU students and at-risk youth who have been referred primarily through the juvenile justice system. 

Campus Corps is offered on four different nights (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs) once a week.  Youth come to campus four hours on the day they sign up for to get support for academic success, explore the campus together through fun walks, have dinner, and participate in positive social activities. CSU  student mentors spend the four hours with the youth engaging in both individual (assigned mentee) and group mentoring.  Students arrive one hour before the youth to prepare, and stay one hour after to debrief and wrap up the evening.

In addition to making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth, students are eligible to earn hours towards an AmeriCorps award of $1175 (300 hours) through participation in Campus Corps for two semesters (required for award).  For information about AmeriCorps, please visit

Mentoring also looks great on your resume!  It gives you an important new skill set and professional experience with adolescents.

Campus Corps is unlike any other class you will take at CSU. Students have described their experience as life changing, and one of the most memorable experiences of their college career.

For more information about Campus Corps and to download an application, please visit us online.

 Applications are due Monday, October 15, by 5 p.m. to Gifford 142.

To learn more about Campus Corps

1. Check out our website.

2. Attend an Informational Meetings (required of all applicants).
Information Sessions for the spring 2013 Semester (note meetings are both am and pm):

  • Monday, Sept. 24 - 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Behavioral Sciences Building 131
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26 - 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Behavioral Sciences Building 131
  • Monday, Oct. 1 - 7-8 a.m.*** in Plant Sciences C101
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3 - 7-8 a.m.*** in Plant Sciences C101

***Note: Classes begin at 7 a.m.

Attendance at one of these sessions is required. You are under no obligation to apply if you attend the meeting. Just come and learn about this exciting new program.

3. Speak with a current Campus Corps Mentor:  Current CSU Campus Corps mentors are happy to answer any questions you have about being a mentor and share their experiences working with the youth.  There may be current mentors in your classes, or email Amanda Blimes (info below) if you would like to be connected to talk or email with a current CSU student who is enrolled in Campus Corps.

Amanda Blimes, Campus Corps case manager, at (970) 492-4004 or Jake Ottmann, Campus Corps intern.

Contact: Amanda Blimes
Phone: (970) 988-9811