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Founded in 2001, Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) is a program that pairs Colby students (mentors) and local children in grades K-8 (mentees) to promote academic and social success.

CCAK is a volunteer mentoring program whose goal is to provide a consistent, reliable adult presence in the lives of children who live in the greater Waterville area. Our mentors act as role models, friends, and academic guides. The role of the mentor is to help a child learn to trust others, build self-esteem, and increase the chances for academic success.

It started with an introductory English class going into local schools to work with kids. Today CCAK has more than 500 Colby mentors paired with area youngsters at 15 sites throughout the Waterville area. Each year CCAK mentors provide more than 25,000 hours of mentoring to area children.

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.

Student mentors nourish their own humanity, deepen their sense of the importance of personal relationships, and lend soulful resonance to their college years.