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Katie Lianez

College Mentors for Kids Public Relations Officer


College Mentors for Kids wants You

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov.1, 2012- College Mentors for Kids’ most recent fundraiser was a success. Last week’s three-day lemonade stand on the Oval raised $920.

“Money from the lemonade stand funds their transportation to get here and supplies for their activities,” said general manager Alyssa Burns, a fourth year human development and family sciences major.

The organization hosts after school activities for underprivileged youth in grades one through six, three days a week. Each week the kids are given their “college question of the week.”

“Last week’s question was ‘how would you run your own business?’ and then the kids split up into marketers, operations people, cashiers, and bookkeepers,” said Burns.

If this sounds like fun, consider becoming a mentor next fall and changing a “little buddy’s” life.

The organization will be accepting applications until March and will hold group interviews in April, according to Arden Dandrea, president and fourth year special education major.

“We look for people who are relatable to kids, are passionate about working with the kids, and we like to see some experience with children,” said Dandrea.

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. College Mentors wants to have a wide variety of majors represented through volunteers to expose the kids to exciting  activities.

“Next year the mentors will be more involved in planning the activities so we want to have people from all walks of college life,” Dandrea went on to say.

If you are interested in more information or would like to fill out an online application, visit the College Mentors website.

About: College Mentors for Kids was founded in 1996 by two Indiana University students. Sixteen years later, this expanding nonprofit has grown to include 24 chapters in the Midwest. The Ohio State University chapter, headed by President Arden Dandrea, boasts approximately 150 kids and 165 student volunteers. The organization holds after school activities Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday every week from 3:50 p.m. until 5:50 p.m. for the children of West Franklin Elementary and Linden STEM Academy.

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Alyssa Burns

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