Tutoring and Mentoring Programs

Another way to get involved with the community is through the many tutoring and mentoring options Champlain's Center for Service and Civic Engagement has established. Currently, the CSCE has partnerships with the Sustainability Academy, Edmunds Elementary School and Edmunds Middle School.

Aim Instruct Mentor program at Champlain College

AIM (Act. Instruct. Mentor)

AIM is the mentoring/tutoring partnership established between the CSCE and the Burlington School District. AIM volunteers are connected to students, staff and parents and parents of the Burlington School District through various tutoring and mentoring programs at the different schools, which are listed below.

Interested in becoming a mentor or tutor? Download an application here.


Edmunds Elementary School

Lunch Buddies

Lunch Buddies is a group-mentoring program hosted at Edmunds Elementary School to provide students with a positive college role model during their unstructured period. Champlain student volunteers spend at least one lunch a week sitting at tables during lunch. The volunteers act as group mentors by positively influencing elementary students' interpersonal relationships, use of language, regard for respecting property, and bring a sense of security/safety. Volunteers are expected to be at the school once a week, and may choose to sit at the same table of kids or rotate each visit. Lunch buddies runs Monday-Friday, 12:00-1:00pm.

To The Top Tutoring

TTTT, or To the Top Tutoring, is an after school math focused academic tutoring program primarily provided to elementary aged ESL students and/or students identified as having critically low level math competency scores at Edmunds Elementary School. Champlain student volunteers assist in instruction of fluency-based activities, as well as provide homework help. TTTT runs Monday-Thursday, 3:00-4:00pm.

Playground Pals

Playground Pals is a recess-based program where Champlain volunteers assist the 2nd grade class at Edmunds Elementary School with organizing games and activities. Students should be comfortable playing with kids and should be prepared to come up with age-appropriate playground games. Playground Pals runs Monday-Friday, 1:00-1:30pm.


Sustainability Academy

Outdoor World Learning (OWL)

Outdoor World Learning is a hands-on, experiential program for kindergarteners at the Sustainability Academy. The program runs Friday mornings from 8:30-10:30am. During the fall, outdoor activities take place at the Sustainability Academy. In the spring, volunteers will assist staff with field trips around the Burlington community.

Lunch Mentors

Lunch Mentors is a one on one mentoring program at Sustainability Academy and Edmunds Elementary School to provide a student with their own individual connection with a positive college role model during their unstructured lunch period. Champlain student volunteers spend at least one lunch a week for at least two consecutive semesters paired up with an elementary student during their lunch. The volunteers act as an individual mentor to a student recommended by the schools' guidance counselor. Lunch Mentors runs Monday-Friday, 12:00-1:00pm at Edmunds Elementary, and 11:30am-12:30pm at Sustainability Academy.

Magic Mentoring

The Magic Mentoring Program (MMP) is a group mentoring program where students from the Sustainability Academy come up to Champlain College and play Magic: the Gathering (MTG) with Champlain mentors once a week. A popular game on Champlain campus, MTG teaches strategy, arithmetic, logic and more. Mentors and mentees will build these skills as they build their decks to compete against one another. The MMP runs on Wednesdays from 3:45-5:15pm, and is hosted in the Morgan Room in Aiken Hall on campus.

Looking to stay involved with the MMP over the summer? Contact wcarlson@champlain.edu or benjamin.chasonsokol@mymail.champlain.edu for more information!

Music Masters

Volunteers with Music Masters assist students with music projects, upkeep of musical instruments, and helping out with the school musical! No experience with music necessary, just a willingness to learn and promote music education. The Music Club has flexible timing for volunteers on Monday-Wednesday, 10:00-11:00am or 1:30-2:30pm.


Edmunds Middle School

Music Mentoring

The Music Mentoring Program is a pilot program for Spring 2014 where Champlain mentors meet once a week with Edmunds Middle School (EMS) students to work on creating electronic music using Champlain's Sonic Arts equipment. Students will learn how to make professional recordings and present their work at the end of the semester. Music Mentoring meets every Friday from 3:00-5:00pm at Champlain's Sonic Arts studios behind Alumni Auditorium.

Word Play

Word Play's goal is to create an atmosphere for mentoring relationships to emerge while engaging Edmunds Middle School students in literacy based skill building that prepares them for their own college path and success. Together Champlain College students and EMS students will create adventures in storytelling, poetry jamming, rap song writing, and more. For this program, EMS students get to hang out with college students on a college campus. They experience how fun language can be and learn something along the way that will prepare them for a college future. Word Play runs every Thursday from 2:30-5:30pm.


Integrated Arts Academy

Studying Toward English Proficiency (STEP)

Come join students from all corners of the world as they learn English in a full day intensive classroom. STEP enrolls students of all ages from Integrated Arts Academy to work toward mastering then English language with fellow peers at a comparable skill level. STEP has flexible scheduling from 8:00am-2:50pm, Monday-Friday- find a time that works for you and sign up!

Active Based Learning (ABL)

Active Based Learning has Champlain students come down once a week to help facilitate place-based learning in the IAA Physical Education class. ABL meets every Tuesday from 10:00-11:15am.

Outdoor Club

The Outdoor Club is an outdoor education after school program at IAA where Champlain volunteers help students engage in recreational activities around Burlington. Students must have an independent form of transportation. The Outdoor Club meets every Monday from 3:00-5:00pm.


Interested in getting involved with one-time events at the schools? Check our calendar for monthly volunteer opportunities at the schools, or our Facebook page.

For additional information, contact Will Carlson, Program Coordinator: wcarlson@champlain.edu


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