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Community Engagement Programs

College Connect 1:1 Mentor

City of Tempe College Connect


College Connect Tempe is designed to increase access to post-secondary opportunities for all Tempe youth. The mission of College Connect Tempe is to inspire and enable young people to pursue post more



About the Internship


Primary Function:
Provide individual advisement college and career planning sessions and outreach to youth and families, actively supporting the mission and vision of College Connect Tempe.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Serve youth through College Connect 1:1 advisement sessions and small group workshops in order to provide them the information and support necessary to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and career paths.
  • Encourage youth participation in the Collect Connect Tempe program by providing information to youth and the public; interact with local school staff and College Connect partners; provide program outreach material and other promotional information; interact with schools and community organizations in recruitment of youth.

  • Serve as a point of contact for youth in scheduling attendance for workshops and 1:1 advisement appointments and address questions from youth about College Connect services.

  • Support the planning and implementation of College Connect Saturday workshops in collaboration with College Connect staff and partners.

  • Maintain educational materials in the College Connect Tempe office to ensure youth receive timely and accurate information.

  • Maintain documentation of all youth contacts in the College Connect database and ensure quality assurance of data gathered and entered.

Population Served:

College Connect Tempe’s target population is youth in Tempe, middle school aged to young adults with an emphasis on students from low-income families, first-generation students and youth with disproportionately low college attendance rates- including youth of color. Program services are also open to parents and caregivers with the understanding that a student’s home environment has a large impact on her/his initiative and ability to pursue secondary education opportunities.

Community Need:

College Connect Tempe is strongly committed to supporting all youth in reaching their full potential.

Limited access to information about college has been identified as a significant factor that contributes to low college-going rates. In 2015, while 87% of students in Tempe Union High School District (TUHSD) successfully graduated, only 67% enrolled in post-secondary education. Within the 2008-2009 school year cohort of TUHSD high school graduates, only 39% successfully completed their post-secondary degree.  An individual with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn three times more income over a lifetime than individuals whose highest education credential is a high school diploma. Additionally, an estimated 68% of all jobs in Arizona will require post-secondary education by 2020. As of 2015, only 25% of 25 to 34-year-olds in Tempe have at least a bachelor’s degree.

College Connect Tempe was created to help stop these “leaks” in the educational pipeline. The program aims to improve students’ post-secondary enrollment by not only making information readily available, but also by providing personal guidance to navigating the variety of education pathways available. Through College Connect Tempe’s interactive workshops, individualized one-on-one sessions, targeted “College Chats” with educational partners and small group sessions, young people and their parents receive free access to resources, guidance and support to map out their education and career pathways.

Community Impact:

College Connect 1:1 Mentors inspire and inform youth on the necessary financial, cultural, and general life skills for success in postsecondary education. They form positive and professional relationships with youth that increase their ability to plan for and access postsecondary education. By forming a mentorship relationship and providing students with this information, all young people in Tempe will know that they can and will attend postsecondary education.