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Marian College Chapter of College Mentors for Kids Nominated for Awards - 1/26/2009

Over 60 Marian College students spent the fall semester mentoring 45 Indianapolis-area elementary school students each week. Their efforts are part of the College Mentors for Kids initiative to expose young people to the opportunities of higher education.

Led by junior Jayette “Jay” Patterson, the Marian College chapter focuses on improving reading, math, and science skills. Faculty advisor Dr. Carrie Brouse, an associate professor and chair of undergraduate programs in the School of Education, noted that Marian College students have been involved in College Mentors for Kids for years, and Jay’s enthusiastic leadership has taken their level of involvement to new heights.

“Jay’s life has been consumed by the mentoring activities and she really shines when she’s working with the kids,” said Brouse. Students who are involved in mentoring demonstrate the college’s bigger commitment to community engagement and making a difference in the lives of others.

On February 7, the Marian College chapter will find out if it has won the chapter of the year award. Patterson will also learn whether she has been named the chapter leader of the year; the awards are part of the annual College Mentors for Kids fundraiser known as Inspire. The event is a silent auction, dinner, and awards program that is expected to raise $175,000 for mentoring programs across the state. The silent auction begins at 7 p.m.; the dinner and program begin at 8 p.m. at Union Station in downtown Indianapolis.

About College Mentors for Kids:
College Mentors, Inc. is an innovative non-profit that pairs youth with local college student mentors for weekly activities that expose youth to the opportunities of higher education. College Mentors serves over 1,000 children with over 1,000 college mentors and 150 student leaders. The mission of College Mentors is to motivate youth and communities to achieve their potential by fostering inspiration to transform lives, education to change attitudes, and connections to increase opportunities.