Walkways to Westminster is a college access program for first-generation, underrepresented youth in grades 6–12. In this program, Westminster College students serve as mentors to youth, supporting them in their academic success, college preparation, career planning, English language learning, and life skills. Our goal is for each student to have access to an individualized plan for success after graduation.
2018–19 Walkways at a Glance
- The walkways program is hosted at 4 after-school sites serving over 200 students from elementary through high school.
- To date, 4 full-tuition and 4 partial-tuition scholarships have been awarded to South Salt Lake students attending Westminster College.
- We employ 35 professional walkways mentors in the community.
- The walkways program coordinates six college-access campus visits to Westminster College.
- Last year, every mentor reported significant improvement in their collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and social responsibility.
- In the last year, every elementary mentee indicated that their mentor believed in their ability to attend and graduate from college.
- Mentors contributed approximately 1,500 hours to college access work in South Salt Lake last year.
Continuous College Access Programs
Grade level: 6th
Focus: create positive and meaningful mentoring relationships, support academic excellence, and raise awareness about college
Methods: one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, bi-monthly college programming
Location: Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
Mentoring availability: Monday–Thursday, 4–5:30 p.m.
Grade level: 7th and 8th
Focus: build a community of college-bound students, promote academic excellence, and foster personal growth
Methods: informal mentoring and tutoring, Go Griffins Club
Location: Granite Park Junior High School
Mentoring availability: Monday–Thursday, 3–5:15 p.m.
Grade level: 9–12th
Focus: create positive and meaningful mentoring relationships, support academic excellence, and promote college access by reducing known barriers
Methods: informal mentoring and tutoring, advocacy, weekly college programming
Location: Utah International Charter School and Cottonwood High School
Mentoring availability: Monday–Friday, 2–5:30 p.m.
Become a Mentor
The mentoring relationship is at the heart of each of our programs. Westminster students offer their knowledge and life experience to support their mentees. In turn, the mentoring relationship provides an opportunity for Westminster students to expand their perspectives, practice critical thinking skills, and grow their community.
Mentors must commit to attending Walkways to Westminster at least once per week, every week (excluding school or religious holidays). Transportation is not provided. Pay starts at $8/hour.
Email Mackenzie Bledsoe at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information, or you are interested in becoming a mentor.