Success Pathways

The Impact

Research shows that mentored students have better academic and attendance records, higher promotion rates/lower dropout rates, and increased levels of self-esteem.

In just one hour or less a week, CYC mentors provide encouragement and guidance to students overcoming obstacles to success.

Schools Served

  • Cincinnati Public School District
  • North College Hill City School District
  • Norwood City School District
  • Winton Woods City School District

One-to-One Mentoring

Research shows that mentored students have better academic and attendance records, higher promotion rates/lower dropout rates, and increased levels of self-esteem.

In just one hour or less a week, CYC mentors provide encouragement and guidance to students overcoming obstacles to success.

One to one mentoring matches caring adult mentors with students on a one-to-one bases for students grades 2-12 and students within their first two years of college.

Our mentoring program offers unique focuses to each stage with the student’s academic career:

  • Grades 2-6 focus on social-emotional support (self-awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, goal directed behavior, personal responsibility, decisions making and opportunistic thinking) and academic success
  • Grades 7-12 focus on supporting student pathways after high school 
  • Post- secondary focuses on persistence and retention of students in college

Co-Mentoring

An opportunity where two adults share in the mentoring of a student. This mentoring option offers great flexibility and is oftentimes the preferred choice for young professionals. Enjoy all the elements of one-to-one mentoring but share it with someone else (Co-worker, Spouse, Friend). 

Group Mentoring

These programs offers exceptional flexibility. A team of mentors shares the responsibility of meeting with a group of students on a regular basis. Programs vary based on mentors’ and students’ needs. These programs will be impacted by Covid-19, but are flexible and important enough to resume at the appropriate time. Examples include:

  • After school programs like CYC Girls Club
  • Weekly community events like Saturday Hoops – basketball, physical fitness, art, food, and lots of positive role modeling, every Saturday morning, January thru May! 
  • UC Med Mentors – Matches elementary students with 1st year Medical students from the University of Cincinnati. Focuses on computer literacy, academic success, and exposure to new opportunities for students. Medical students increase their cultural competency and can use the mentoring experience as an elective credit towards their degree.

Corporate Mentoring

 Matches corporate partners with students to focus on academic success, work readiness skills, and job site visits. 

Current worksite mentoring programs include:

  • Bringing students to the work campus once a month to focus on college access and career development
  • Bringing mentors into the schools to focus on positive role modelling and academic improvement

How to become a Mentee

If you would like to join the mentoring program as a mentee, have your parent or guardian (or yourself if you are over 18) fill out our online student application

How to become a Mentor

If you are age 18 or older,

  1. Complete the online volunteer application
  2. Submit background check
  3. Attend an orientation (these are held in person and online)

To discuss worksite mentoring opportunities for your company, please complete the form below:

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