“CSU’s Campus Connections youth mentoring program was recognized with the CSU Distinguished Community Engagement Scholarship Award, which celebrates a collaboration, project or program with a long-term record of sustained impact, achievement and scholarship.
As a land-grant institution and Carnegie Community Engaged University, engagement is one of the university’s most important core values. The Campus Connections youth mentoring program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies of the College of Health and Human Sciences embodies this value with their commitment to improving the lives of youth in the community.
Campus Connections launched ten years ago in response to a community need to aid vulnerable, local youth who were struggling in school or already in the juvenile justice system. This population of vulnerable youth in Larimer County struggled with truancy, substance use, delinquency, and mental health issues and was growing rapidly.
In the past seven years, Campus Connections has won seven awards, the most recent being the Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award in the “Talent” category from the Associations of Public Land-Grant Universities, and the Excellence in Community Partner Engagement Award from the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, both in 2018.
Campus Connections epitomizes the mutual benefits that can be achieved through truly collaborative, reciprocal and effective university-community partnerships. Both community partners and program faculty are thankful to have received the CSU Distinguished Community Engagement Scholarship Award and are looking to increase the program’s reach and recognition in the future.”
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