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‘BIG KID’ TRAINING – Mellon Elementary fouth-and-fifth-graders receive mentoring from Universary of North Florida students

by Asia Aikins, Palatka Daily News 10/19/16

A group of students at Palataka's Mellon Elementary School are spending the first semester of preparing to be "really good as big kids" through a new virtual mentoring program.

Te University of North Florida is partnering with Mellon this year to offer C.A.M.P. Osrepy, a collegiate achievement mentioning program based out of the college's Jacksonville campus and conducted at Mellon via video call each week.

According to Jennifer Rivera, Northeast Florida Education Consortion supervisor of curriculum and instruction, UNF profess Matthew Ohlson contacted the consortium hoping to connect with a school south of Duval County.

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C.A.M.P. Gator has partnered with Florida Virtual School and Florida Leads

FLVS and Florida Leads has begun a new K-20 partnership with the C.A.M.P. Gator program at the University of Florida. Each week, students from UF serve as virtual leadership mentors to FLVS students and meet online to complete activities and lessons related to leadership development, goal setting, and ways to achieve current and future successes. A unique aspect of the program is that one of the leadership mentors from C.A.M.P. Gator is a former FLVS student, Brittany Steinke. Brittany is graduating this semester with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Education. Brittany will be pursuing her Master’s degree and has also starred in numerous theatrical performances in Gainesville, FL. The following video was developed by C.A.M.P. Gator mentors and mentees: http://animoto.com/play/8A3c14iAQsjOs9sDPP9Www

The Mawi Leadership course is a comprehensive curriculum based on the leadership lessons & activities developed by the internationally renowned, Mawi learning. C.A.M.P.(Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program) Gator Is a leadership development course offered by the College of Education at the University of Florida and taught by FLVS’s own, Dr. Matthew Ohlson. The program will also be hosting two on-site campus visits which will allow mentors and mentees to learn about the resources and activities on the collegiate campus. We hope that this pilot program will lead to increased partnerships between FLVS students and institutions of higher education throughout the state including mentoring, leadership development, STEM, and experiential activities.



Student Spotlight: Delvin Rahynes
Student Spotlight: Delvin Rahynes

“C.A.M.P. Gator’s First Graduating Class” – Student Spotlight: Delvin Rahynes

Delvin Rahynes became a participant of C.A.M.P. Gator in the 6th grade at PK Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida. What an experience it was for him! He experienced both a learning disability and other issues that could sometimes make school and friends a challenge. C.A.M.P. Gator gave him a rock-solid foundation that consisted of both leadership and self esteem skills. In just a few weeks graduate from high school! The skills he learned has prepared him to take on the roles of student manager of the girls basketball and volleyball teams. He volunteered more than 800 hours in the local VA medical center. One of his biggest highlights was being interviewed by ESPNU about C.A.M.P. Gator. He also had the opportunity to be mentored by Javier Estopinan. During his activities with C.A.M.P. Gator he met the legenday Cam Newton and Tim Tebow.

In August, of this year, he continues his endeavors, as a college student athlete himself. He will be joining the Track Team at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY where John Blackwell is the head coach. C.A.M.P. Gator, UF athletics and great leadership/interpersonal communication skills have all combined to college a promising choice for Delvin.



Gator mentors, local students pair up for shared success
University of Florida UF students and P.K. Yonge students shot hoops, tossed footballs and raced Friday in an Olympics-style event that is part of the C.A.M.P. Gator program.

But the program's real work happens off the playing field, with the matching of collegiate mentors with children in local schools. Its goal is helping the mentors learn leadership skills while also teaching them to young students, said Matthew Ohlson, founder and director of the program.. Read More | Photo Gallery



University of Florida Gators Help Combs Magnet Elementary Gators
Combs Magnet Elementary Principal Muriel Summers found that her school shared a lot in common with the University of Florida and its C.A.M.P. Gator Program. Both are leadership initiatives and the university and school share the GATOR as a mascot. Summers made connections with Dr. Matthew Ohlson to bring the C.A.M.P. Gator program to Combs this year. Read More



Success Stories: C.A.M.P. Gator's "Tail" of Success
C.A.M.P. Gator (Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program) is an innovative, service-learning, leadership mentoring program that pairs UF students and student leaders from the University of Florida with elementary and middle-school boys and girls from high poverty schools in the Gainesville community. Read More



C.A.M.P. – A Service-Learning Project Example
C.A.M.P. (Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program), a three-credit college class, took teacher education out of the classroom and into the real world, as college UF students and other student leaders mentored K-12 students. Read More



Spotlight shines on C.A.M.P. Gator mentoring program
C.A.M.P. Gator, a joint UF-P.K. Yonge leadership program in which UF students and other student leaders serve as mentors to PKY middle school students, is garnering some local and national attention on several fronts: UF student mentor Francesca Enea of the No. 1 ranked Lady Gators softball team was honored for her community service work by the Daily Points of Light Institute, a national volunteerism advocacy group... Read More



C.A.M.P. Gator: Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program
Journal for Civic Commitment Modules
Matthew Ohlson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership
Department of Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management

University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive, Bldg #57 Room 3431
Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699

matthew.ohlson@unf.edu
352-474-9602

Program Coordinator

Andrea Buenaño
University of North Florida

Virtual Mentoring Coordinator

Rudy Jamison
University of North Florida

Advisory Board

Tom Stephens
Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board

Dr. Meg Kamman
Assistant Scholar. School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies. University of Florida

Dr. Tom Williams
Leadership Coach and Faculty Emeritus. NC State University and Eastern Carolina University.

Cheryl Gonzalez
Director of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, University of North Florida

Tamara Gill
University of North Florida

Site Coordinators

Meg Kamman
Littlewood Elementary, Gainesville FL

Fremon Williams
Boys and Girls Club, Gainesville FL

Dr. Shane Rayburn
Oakwood Elementary, Oakwood, GA

Muriel Summers
AB Combs Leadership Magnet, Raleigh, NC

Byron Greene
NC State University
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