Founded in 2001, Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) is a program that pairs Colby students (mentors) with local youth (mentees) in one-on-one mentoring pairs for students in grades K-8 within the greater Waterville area. The goal of the program is to provide the youth with an additional role model and friend who can be a consistent part of their school experience. Mentors are expected to visit their mentee for at least one hour per week during the school year.
It began with an introductory English class going into local schools to work with kids. Today CCAK has approximately 380 Colby mentors paired with mentees at 13 sites throughout the Waterville area.
For the College, the mentoring initiative affirms Colby’s status as an active member of the community. It is one dimension to our commitment to encourage civic responsibility as an essential part of a liberal arts education.