A registered student organization on campus since 2004, College Mentors for Kids (CMFK) has made a difference in a number of children’s lives.
The non-profit organization has spread to 23 different college campuses in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, New York and Ohio.
More than 1,900 college students have volunteered at these locations, helping to mentor more than 1,700 children. College Mentors for Kids’ overall goal is to connect college students with kids who are in need of their attention most.
Today, Illinois State has one of the largest, most successful College Mentors for Kids chapters.
According to CMFK member Sarah Hall, the RSO brings at-risk students to campus to teach them about higher education, community service and diversity.
“Each elementary student is paired with a college student mentor. The kids look up to the college students and build very strong connections with one another,” Hall said.
In light of their mission, College Mentors for Kids will be hosting a 5K walk/run Saturday, April 5 to further support children in need.
Registration for the event will begin at 1 p.m. on April 5 and the 5K will start at 2 p.m. The walk/run will take place around the Quad.
But walking isn’t the only activity to engage in during the 5K. The event will also feature a raffle with a number of desired prizes.
“Some of the prizes will include a $100 Visa card, a $100 Wal-Mart card, a $100 Jewel card, two St. Louis Six Flags tickets, two Cubs tickets, Vera Bradley baskets and much, much more,” Hall said.
The registration fee for the 5K is $15, all of which will go towards College Mentors for Kids.
The registration fee includes registration, snacks and a water bottle.
Students can purchase CMFK 5K t-shirts in either short or long sleeve for $10 and $15.