Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Mentor a Buckeye

Mentor-A-Buckeye is a program that pairs ninth graders from Columbus City Schools with a community leader and an Ohio State University undergraduate student mentor. Each mentor-protégé family will remain together throughout the protégé's high school career.

Mentors will have constant contact with their protégé throughout their high school career, and hopefully far beyond. Mentors will be there to guide their protégé through high school and help them apply for college. They will act as a driving force behind their protégé. Mentors will be asked to have a minimum of two contacts with their protégé, per month (one phone call and one direct). We ask that mentors be creative in the development of their relationship with their protégé, and understanding of the protégé’s background. Most, Ohio State student mentors and high school protégés will graduate at the same time.  

Using the multiple mentor strategy allows both, the Ohio State and high school, students to benefit from the program and gain a mentor. While the Ohio State student will serve as a mentor to the high school student, the community leader will serve as a mentor to both students. 

Mentor-A-Buckeye seeks to provide extraordinary experiences, to empower and motivate Columbus high school students and Ohio State undergraduate students- to challenge themselves to continuously improve, become civically engaged in their communities and succeed in their academic pursuits.

Ohio State Student Personal & Professional Development

Ohio State student mentors will engage in monthly Personal, Professional and Leadership Development sessions. These sessions will include opportunities for students to engage and network with University Administrators, Faculty and Greater Columbus Community Leaders. These experiential learning sessions exposes students to a range of topics and on-going world events.

Program Goals:

  • Provide motivation for education
  • Build relationships
  • Provide life learning experiences
  • Create an extraordinary student experience for protégés
  • Increase college access and success among inner-city students

Meet the Cohorts: