212 West 10th Street
Suite B260
Indianapolis IN 46202
Contact Information
Address 212 West 10th Street
Suite B260
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone (317) 921-1798
Fax 317 921-1799
Contact Name Laura Mishkin
Web and Social Media
Mentor, Peyton, says the best part about College Mentors is “You get to see each and every little buddy in the program grow…I have been blessed to experience it with my favorite Seminole fan! Jaylen has shown so much growth this year in so many way and I’m so happy that I, as well as so many others, helped him first-hand. I’ve never been a part of something as wonderful as our College Mentors for Kids program at the University of Kentucky."
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2001
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
College students can volunteer as mentors or chapter leaders at one of our campus-based chapters. To apply, please visit:
 Donations can be made online at or by check to College Mentors for Kids and mailed to 212 West 10th Street; Indianapolis, IN 46202. Donations can also be made over the phone. Please call 317-921-1798. 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
Mentoring transforms lives: we connect kids to college students through weekly on-campus activities that inspire growth, confidence, and brighter futures.
Our vision is that all school kids look forward sooner and be able to give back later.
Background Statement

College Mentors for Kids, Inc. was founded in 1995 by two Indiana University students who recognized the disparity between the affluent college campus and the surrounding, disadvantaged community. To bridge this gap, they created the mentor program and began serving children on the Indiana University and Butler University campuses in 1996. Today, our mission is to connect college students with the most to give to kids who need it most. During the 2017-2018 program year, College Mentors served over 2,500 at-risk kids through 2,800 college student volunteers on 33 campuses in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Missouri, North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia. The University of Kentucky chapter began serving kids in the fall of 2012.

Children from low-income and impoverished households or those without a significant family background of postsecondary education face many challenges. Cycles of poverty and low educational attainment tend to echo throughout generations. Mentors can support positive youth development through promoting emotional stability that carries over to other peer and adult relationships. Studies of mentorship have found that having a mentor is the most important predictor of college entry and degree attainment among impoverished youth.

At-risk youth often embody enormous unrealized potential that can be encouraged through College Mentors for Kids. Through weekly one-on-one mentoring activities focused on higher education and careers, culture and diversity, and community service, our “little buddies” gain critical access to positive role models and establish higher expectations for future achievement. College student volunteers get leadership experience and initiate a personal pattern of community service.

Impact Statement
2017-18 Accomplishments:
--Capped twentieth anniversary campaign with an extensive alumni follow-up study of former college student mentors 
 --Served our Target Population:  75% of kids come from low-income households and 83% are potential first-generation college students
 --During the program year, over 2,500 first through sixth graders were paired with a college student mentor, and a total of 2,800 college students volunteered as mentors and chapter leaders.
Needs Statement

  1.  Partnerships with local companies to provide career opportunities for our college students
  2.  College student volunteers in Lexington
  3.  Community advocates 
  4.  Diversifying board of directors membership geographically
  5.  Financial resources to sustain and expand the mentor program 


CEO/Executive Director Statement

Research suggests 8.5 million American children do not have consistent adult role models. Couple this with the shocking reality that 7.2 million children have at least one parent in jail. Since we know that 90% of human behavior is learned through observation, this may explain why we spend $5.7 billion annually on juvenile incarceration and why the high school graduation rate in our 10 largest cities is only 52%.

The persistence of childhood poverty and lack of positive role models have produced a crisis of youth development. Addressing it will involve multiple interventions. One essential solution is providing positive adult role models early in a child’s life, when their values and behavior patterns are being developed. Research shows that those patterns are largely established by 6th grade.

College Mentors for Kids offers a proven mentoring program that taps into the unique energy and resources of college students. It is our job to grow it so that more at-risk kids can be mentored.

Board Chair Statement

The board of directors' role is to ensure that College Mentors for Kids remains sharply focused on our mission. We actively govern and lead through financial and legal oversight, engaging in strategic planning, and fundraising. Board members create their own action plans for involvement, attend board meetings, and make a personal financial contribution to the organization.

The board manages financial resources and plans for sustainability and growth. The finance committee maintains financial oversight of the organization and our annual audit, and ensures we follow generally accepted accounting procedures. In fall 2017, we approved a new strategic plan for 2017-2019. It is the continuation of a two-year process that addressed key questions of organization vision, mission, and long-term outcomes. The strategic plan contains four key pillars to the organization's success. The pillars are program growth, development and sustainability, program quality, and innovation. The board monitors progress towards goals in the strategic plan.

A unique feature of our board are our two student representatives who serve one year terms.  
Geographic Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Fayette County
College Mentors for Kids is present on 33 college and university campuses including  Lexington and Louisville,  Kentucky. Other program sites span nine states and cumulatively serve 2,500 kids.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Goal 1: Contribute to positive youth development through mentoring relationships

Short term outcomes: improved behavior at school and in the home; positive relationship with a role model; increased self-esteem; increased awareness of community needs; awareness of and appreciation for other cultures

Long term outcomes: positive relationships with peers and adults; participation in community service; avoid problematic behaviors and the criminal justice system

Goal 2: Increase educational engagement among youth participants to encourage educational achievement and future economic self sufficiency

Short term outcomes: increased interest in school; increased awareness and interest in college; development of career goals; improved educational behavior and academic performance; enhance family awareness of college options and resources; increased opportunities for positive after-school programming

Long term outcomes: enrollment in high school and post-secondary education; workforce preparedness; achieving economic self-sufficiency; lasting partnerships between colleges, elementary schools, and surrounding communities

Goal 3:Increase community engagement among college students through mentoring relationships and leadership opportunities to develop community leaders and life long civil servants

Short term outcomes: develop positive, trusting relationships with youth; increased awareness of community needs and resources; increased engagement with college campuses; develop leadership and nonprofit management skills; enhance communication skills

Long term outcomes: increased philanthropic giving; continued volunteerism; demonstrated community leadership
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? We coordinate 20 two-hour activities on each university campus, with each child spending 40 hours with their mentor engaged in structured activities. As a result of mentoring, kids in our program demonstrate increased self-esteem, behavior, better academic engagement, and more developed goals for their future.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? The College Mentors for Kids full-time headquarters staff is comprised of 14 individuals with over 40 collective years of experience with the organization. Our organization boasts a lean model that draws on the energy and consistent supply of college student volunteers to deliver services to disadvantaged youth. College Mentors for Kids is committed to regular evaluations of the program to support innovation and success in providing mentors to at-risk kids. We form partnerships with local school corporations and universities to provide quality, stable programming.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? College Mentors for Kids works with a third-party to evaluate our program through surveys and collection of academic and attendance data from partner schools. These survey items measure annual outcomes such as children’s self-esteem, attitudes toward school, and outlook for the future. Associate Directors of Programming conduct annual site visits at assigned chapters. We evaluate a chapter’s ability to reach service number goals, the number of activities that they hold, and fidelity to the program model. 
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

The first 20 years of College Mentors for Kids' has produced transformative results for thousands of participants across America.  The long-term outcomes of those served during the program's first 10 years were compiled and analyzed by a third-party as part of study to determine the effectiveness of our model.  The results highlighted an increase in graduation rates, reduction in criminal activity, and a stunning reversal of the cycle of poverty.

Locally, College Mentor's for Kids' chapter at the University of Kentucky has grown substantially since its establishment in 2012.  Once a path for aggressive expansion was set, we quickly recognized UK as having abundant potential for what we look for in a partner; a large, involved student body, a strong sense of community, and a need for our services.

Due to the dedication of UK students, faculty, community leaders, local foundations and corporations, and elementary school partners, we have been able to increase our annual service numbers on an aggressive 40 (year one)-80-120 (year three) trajectory.  Further, the success of College Mentors for Kids at the University of Kentucky has led to the establishment of a chapter at the University of Louisville in 2015 and the potential for further expansion to Bellarmine University.
College Mentors for Kids received a federal grant from the Department of Justice: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to expand our proven model to new communities throughout the country.  Our program has been warmly received and has delivered the same positive results at our new chapters.  In anticipation of the conclusion of the OJJDP grant cycle, a new Regional Director of Development and Community Engagement position was created to ensure the sustainability of our efforts in Lexington.
Our RDDCE has been able to establish community councils of Lexintonians who want to make a difference by advocating, fundraising, and planning events to promote our mission.  Our RDDCE has also established fruitful partnerships with local foundations and corporations.   
Throughout 20 years, as our footprint has expanded to nine states and now affects nearly 5,000 lives per year, we have learned what makes a university a strong candidate for expansion. We were right about what makes UK special, and our objective remains to change as many lives as possible here in Lexington. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Bryant Pottmeyer
Company Affiliation Director of Finance, Worthington Industries
Term July 2019 to June 2020
Board Members
Mr. Josh BrownAttorney and Owner, Law Office of Josh F. Brown, LLCVoting
Mr. Jack BurnsDirector EmeritiNonVoting
Mr. Gershom DavisAccounting Manager at GenesysVoting
Mr. Michael Farrell, CPAController, United ConsultingVoting
Ms. Kelly FrankSocial LegendsVoting
Dr. Kristin HuangCollege Mentors Co-FounderNonVoting
Mr. Levester JohnsonDirector EmeritiNonVoting
Mr. Randy KeelingDirector EmeritiNonVoting
Mr. Ben KittoIce Miller- Columbus, OHVoting
Mr. Scott LongApex BenefitsVoting
Mr. Keith MartinUSA FootballVoting
Destiny MatthewsCollege studentVoting
Ms. Shamika MazyckQuarles & Brady, LLCVoting
Reilly McNamaraCollege studentVoting
Mr. Andy MedleyDirector EmeritiNonVoting
Mr. Dave NorrisDirector EmeritiNonVoting
Ms. Elizabeth OdleCommunity volunteerVoting
Mr. Bryant PottmeyerDirector of Finance, Worthington IndustriesVoting
Mr. Brian PyneGoelzer Investment ManagementVoting
Mr. Michael RodmanDirector EmeritiNonVoting
Dr. Heidi SchmidtCollege Mentors FounderNonVoting
Dr. Paul SchmidtRetired Cardiologist, Director EmeritiNonVoting
Ms. Sheila Seedhouse DollaskeDirector of School Development & Innovation at Goodwill Education Initiatives, Goodwill Industries of Central IndianaVoting
Ms. Karen SeketaElement ThreeVoting
Ms. Nikki ShoultzBose McKinney & Evans, LLCVoting
Ms. Erin SlaterHonorary DirectorNonVoting
Mr. David StaleyAssociate Professor of History, Adjunct Associate Professor of Design, and Director, The Goldberg Center, The Ohio State UniversityVoting
Mr. Jayme StemleDirector Financial Planning & Analysis, Indianapolis Power & Light CompanyVoting
Ms. Rebecca Thompson BoyleVice President, Fifth Third BankVoting
Mr. Dennis TrinkleDirector EmeritiNonVoting
Ms. Lilya WagnerDirector EmeritiNonVoting
Mr. James WindHonorary DirectorNonVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 73%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Program / Program Planning
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Shelley M. Hunter
Term Start July 2016

Shelley M. Hunter has taken on the role of Executive Director at College Mentors for Kids.

Prior to College Mentors for Kids, Shelley served in the role of Vice President for Student Services at Harrison College. In this role, Shelley managed the areas of the college which directly interacted with students: Student Affairs, Career Services and Alumni Relations.
Previously, Shelley worked for the Indiana University Foundation, as Special Giving Programs Director and Liaison to the IUPUI Chancellor. She was part of the fundraising team which raised more than $1 billion for the university in support of its students and programs. Additionally, Shelley was Community Relations Manager for Indiana for Bank One (now JP Morgan Chase), managing the portfolio of philanthropic dollars which supported non-profit organizations throughout the state.
Her first professional position was with Indiana Sports Corporation, an organization which creates positive impact by hosting world-class sporting events in Indianapolis.
Shelley received her bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and her master’s degree from Indiana University.
Shelley is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Association. Additionally, her philanthropic and volunteer efforts have included College Mentors for Kids, United Way of Central Indiana and the Host Committee for the 100th Running of the Indy 500. She also served as Chair for the Community Programs division of Super Bowl XLVI (46), volunteers regularly for NCAA and Big Ten events and has been a Big Sister and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

Co-CEO Ms. Amanda Koushyar
Term Start Jan 2005

Amanda Koushyar joined College Mentors as a program director in January 2005 and now serves as Executive Vice President. Amanda graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in management and a focus in finance and operations management. During her tenure at College Mentors for Kids, the program has grown from 15 to 33 sites and grown service numbers by five times.

Full Time Staff 10
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 2500
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 75%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Mr. Tracy ElliottApr 2013 - Oct 2014
Dr. Dennis A TrinkleMar 2015 - July
Senior Staff
Title Executive Vice President
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description College Mentors for Kids' sole program is the mentor program, through which at-risk kids prepare for success in life through a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a college student. Kids meet with their mentors once a week, on campus, for group activities focused on higher education and career, culture and diversity, community service and financial literacy. The University of Kentucky chapter will serve 110 kids from Harrison, Breckinridge, and William Wells Brown Elementary Schools in the 2018-19 school year. Approximately 140 UK college students will volunteer with the program as mentors and in leadership roles. Mentor program goals are described above.
Budget $70,970
Category Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), At-Risk Populations
Program Short Term Success Over the course of one year in the program, expected short-term outcomes include: Goal 1: Kids develop positive, trusting relationship with role model, increase self-esteem; decrease problematic behavior; improve relationships with peers and family; increase awareness of community needs and acceptance of other cultures. Goal 2: Kids increase interest in and engagement in school; awareness and interest in college; career goals and awareness; improve educational behaviors & academic performance; increase understanding of financial literacy. Goal 3: College students develop positive, trusting relationship with youth; increase awareness of community needs, resources, careers in youth development and education; campus engagement; leadership and non-profit management skills; awareness of college access resources; communication skills.
Program Long term Success

In 2015 College Mentors partnered with SMARI, an Indianapolis-based market research company, to survey former little buddies and past mentors to learn about the impact the program had on their lives. The following are the results.

Little Buddies:
  • 87% understand the value of community service
  •  66% of little buddies reported having volunteered in their community.
  • 79% graduated high school 
  • 76% of those who graduated followed the path to higher education, with 92% going to college and 8% to technical/trade school. 
  • 87% of little buddies agreed that through College Mentors they developed positive relationships with others.
  • 74% are employed, 95% avoided the criminal justice system
  • 89% of little buddies surveyed agreed that they were a better person for having been in the program.
  •  93% of mentors reported being more involved on campus
  • 9 out of 10 students graduated College within four years
  • 99% reported that College Mentors positively impacted their lives
  • Mentors gained real-life skills and experience
  • One mentor stated, "My leadership roles within College Mentors for Kids set
    me up for success post-graduation in my career. I still use
    knowledge I learned in College Mentors for Kids daily. It also
    drives me to see the bigger picture and be open-minded.”

Program Success Monitored By College Mentors for Kids has always conducted summative annual evaluations to measure program results. We work with a third-party evaluator to measure outcomes against a program logic model that outlines our goals, objectives, activities and outcomes. Evaluation tools include surveys to measure impact on children in the areas of positive youth development, educational engagement, and achievement. We also collect attendance records, grades and standardized test scores to demonstrate how mentoring impacts academic performance. Noting that college student volunteers are the ones who determine program quality, in 2011-12, we implemented a formative evaluation tool, the Chapter Quality Assessment instrument. It measures fidelity to our program model and strength of college student leadership. It helps program staff identify challenges in implementing the program that can be addressed in real-time with additional volunteer training and/or support.


Examples of Program Success
In surveys, 95% of parents said their child's mentor was a positive role model. 77% of kids are trying harder in school because of the program, and 85% passed standardized tests in math, compared to 72% of peers on free/ reduced lunch. A teacher noted: "Summer came in with a lot of attitude and was easily provoked. She has grown a great deal this year. Her confidence and relationships with her peers have improved as well as her desire to always do her best work." 79% of college students are more likely to participate in future community service. One wrote, "College Mentors has taught me new ways of thinking, working and volunteering that I would never take back." Testimonials demonstrate a mentor's impact on long-term success. In 2010, a former mentee contacted us. She is now enrolled in college and wanted to become a mentor! Other former mentees have shared their successes with us in achieving employment and economic stability, graduating high school, and pursuing technical degrees.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2017
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
College Mentors for Kids partners with local universities, colleges, and elementary schools to create chapters in those communities.  
Martha Stewart Dreamers Into Doers Nonprofit Award- Given to Erin Slater (CEO)The Martha Stewart Show2009
Indiana Achievement Award- Given to College Mentors for KidsThe Sycamore Foundation2010
Forty Under 40- Given to Erin Slater (CEO)Purdue Alumni Magazine2010
Alumni Award- Given to Erin Slater (CEO)Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service2009
Impact Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Employer of the Year- Given to College Mentors for KidsIndiana INTERNnet2009
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $1,634,844.00
Projected Expenses $1,623,555.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$1,519,103$1,667,322$1,227,121
Total Expenses$1,350,973$1,600,426$1,272,049
Revenue Less Expenses$168,130$66,896($44,928)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$219,667$512,904$444,562
Individual Contributions$1,177,750$1,029,215$661,549
Investment Income, Net of Losses$54$54--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$121,202$124,930$121,542
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$892,767$1,083,532$934,447
Administration Expense$153,140$189,309$123,845
Fundraising Expense$305,066$327,585$213,757
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.121.040.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses66%68%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$775,567$625,182$539,841
Current Assets$692,710$541,391$468,918
Long-Term Liabilities$15,308$11,004$11,124
Current Liabilities$35,471--$38,955
Total Net Assets$724,788$556,658$489,762
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments This organization is part of a national organization. Financials are not broken down by local chapter.
Address 212 West 10th Street
Suite B260
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Primary Phone 317 921-1798
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Shelley M. Hunter
Board Chair Mr. Bryant Pottmeyer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Director of Finance, Worthington Industries