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UNF students mentor; host Putnam County elementary school affected by Irma

by: Erica Bennett, Action News Jax Updated: Oct 3, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It was the perfect solution to a hurricane-sized problem. Tuesday, the University of North Florida women’s soccer team hosted students from Middleton Burney Elementary in Putnam County as part of C.A.M.P. (Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program) Osprey.

“We really wanted to build an experience for them to get them believing in themselves and believing in their school again -- and really having some fun and getting their minds off of all they've gone through during Irma,” said Dr. Matthew Ohlson, director of C.A.M.P. Osprey.


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CAMP Osprey teaches Putnam County students leadership skills

By News4Jax.com Staff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Being a mentor takes a positive attitude and a lot of commitment.

Some University of North Florida students were up to the task as they hosted a day camp for elementary school students impacted by Hurricane Irma.


The students, who are fourth and fifth graders from Middleton Burney Elementary School in Putnam County, took the trip to CAMP Osprey Tuesday to learn leadership skills and how to display confidence.

The Putnam students also took part in a soccer clinic with the UNF women's soccer team.

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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.

The 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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Women's Tennis Participating in C.A.M.P Osprey
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NEFEC is excited to highlight a significant partnership between the University of North Florida and Mellon Elementary in the Putnam County School District
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More than degrees and training preventing young people from finding, keeping jobs
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UNF's Camp Osprey mentor Maurice Sapp works with his "men in the making" @ Tiger Academy to learn how to tie a tie
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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
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Matthew Ohlson, PhD
Program Director, 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

Research Coordinator

Amanda Pascale, Ph.D.

Community Engagement and Innovation Coordinators

Michael Morris, Michele Verkerk

Virtual Mentoring Coordinator

Jordan Fleming

Advisory Board

Cheryl Gonzalez
Director of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Jennifer Perkins
Director of. Alumni Engagement

Lee Anderson
COEHS, Director of Development

Dr. Andrea Buenaño
University of Cincinnati

Student Leadership Advisory Board

Ethan & Hunter Grossmann, Addyson Kane
Northeast Florida

Juliana Vazquez, Kylie Grossmann
Boston Public Schools
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