Our History


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.


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.