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Buckeyes for Appalachia
Ohio's Appalachian region is a diverse and unique region that has historically faced severe economic challenges. Many students from Appalachia are first-generation college students, and many are from small, rural communities. Students who are first-generation college students often face additional challenges adjusting to college life, as family does not share "what to expect" at college.
This group will provide opportunities to have fun while giving back to Appalachian communities through several means, including inspiring Appalachian middle and high school students to take the steps necessary to reach higher education. This group will also combat the negative stereotypes that exist about Appalachian communities by fun and effective outreach to the campus community. Students who are not from Appalachia but would like to participate are also welcome.
Visit the Buckeyes for Appalachia directory page for more information.
First Generation Student Association
As first-generation college students, we strive to make the transition for high school students to college a smooth and informed experience. We will provide opportunities for our members to make their futures successful and therefore raise the retention for first-generation students at The Ohio State University. Students who are not first generation but are interested in the organization are also welcome to join.
College Mentors for Kids
College Mentors for Kids pairs first- through eighth-grade children with local college student mentors. College Mentors has more than 1,500 college volunteers who mentor more than 1,300 kids in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. Through weekly after-school activities, mentors help their "Little Buddies" understand higher education opportunities, as well as the importance of self-reliance, self-confidence, taking initiative at school, and making wise academic and social choices. Mentoring relationships are beneficial for both college students and children. Mentors learn about the resources their campus has to offer, leadership skills and the need for positive role models in their communities. Children not only learn by interacting with their mentors, but also by participating in activities that foster community and empowerment.
OSU CMFK website: http://collegementors.org.ohio-state.edu/
Main CMFK website: http://www.collegementors.org/