Published July 1, 2009 | Issue: Summer 2009
Mentors in Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) pose during orientation last fall.
Since its beginnings in 2001, Colby Cares About Kids has expanded to involve some 400 students each year mentoring youths in neighboring towns. But more important than the breadth of the participation is the depth of the commitment and passion from college students and their young charges and their parents.
The success prompted Maine’s governor to direct a $500,000 federal grant to replicate the CCAK model at other campuses throughout the state: Bowdoin, University of New England, the University of Maine, and University of Maine campuses in Augusta, Portland, and Lewiston.