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College Mentors for Kids Founding Story

Over 20 years ago, two college student friends at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana created a dream and imagined a community in which young, underserved children would be given the same educational opportunities and experiences as their peers. With their dreams of inspiring and building brighter futures for children and a year of planning, College Mentors applied for non-profit status in 1996 and opened its doors as an official 501(c)3 in 1997. The following summer, College Mentors opened state-wide headquarters in Indiana. Today, College Mentors for Kids serves 34 chapters with over 2,500 children across the United States through the volunteer efforts of over 2,800 college students with a national office in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Ohio State Chapter History

The Ohio State University chapter of College Mentors for Kids started in 2009 with one activity day of 48 little buddies in 1st-4th grade from West Franklin Elementary School. Since then, we have expanded to serving five activity days with a total of 240 little buddies in 1st-5th grade from five different local elementary schools. College Mentors for Kids at The Ohio State University is an award-winning, highly-recognized student organization that is consistently growing and strengthening the mentoring relationships between university students and the local young minds who need it most.