Campus connections is a powerful campus-based therapeutic mentoring program for at-risk youth, ages 10-18. Youth in the program are paired in one-on-one mentoring relationships with undergraduate students at Colorado State University. The program was developed in 2009 in response to a community need identified by the juvenile justice system. Since launching, the program has had over 2,150 youth and almost 2,800 students involved.
The success of the program has revealed such positive outcomes over the years that the program has been licensed and implemented to other universities across the country. Training, support and programmatic resources are included with the purchase of a license.
Participants of the program report more regular school attendance, reduced substance abuse, fewer behavior problems, improved attitudes and enhanced emotional well-being.
A licensed mentoring program focused on promoting the resilience and life success of at-risk youth where CSU students are trained and educated to be mentors and serve as positive role models.
For more information visit: https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/hdfs/outreach-and-engagement/campus-connections/
CSU-Affiliated Program Developers
Shelly Haddock, PhD
Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies; AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, Licensed Colorado Marriage and Family Therapist
Jen Krafchick, PhD, CFLE
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies