mentor u

MENTOR U connects current CCS High School students and recent graduates with mentors from the Greater Columbus professional community.  It provides critical, one-on-one and personalized support as students pursue their high school graduation and postsecondary goals.

Mentors and mentees are matched through an online platform specifically designed for our students. Conversations between mentee and mentor are prompted through the program and take place through common modes of communication- email, phone, texting, and some face-to-face meetings.

Mentor U College

Columbus City Schools graduates who are already enrolled in college will be paired with a mentor.  Mentors serve as guideposts for students as they transition into college and work through their college and endeavors.

Mentor U High School

Mentors will be trained with the knowledge to assist students in successfully completing high school as well as how to get them prepared for college – including the college search and application processes, FAFSA completion and finding the right fit.  This is a great option for current college students who want to be a mentor.

mentor participation guidelines

  • Complete the mentor profile for MENTOR U
  • Complete criminal background check with I Know I Can (I Know I Can will cover the cost of the criminal background check)
  • Communicate with their mentee two to three times per month
  • Commit to support a mentee for one year


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mentee participation guidelines

To continue receiving the I Know I Can Grant:

  • Students need to communicate with their mentor two to three times per month
  • Students will meet face to face with their mentor at IKIC sponsored events or other events/meetings set by mentor-mentee pair.
  • Re-apply for the I Know I Can Grant each academic school year by the set deadline. Students must still meet grant requirements of at least 2.0 gpa and be Pell Grant eligible according to the FAFSA.

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