Over 20 years ago, two college student friends at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana had a dream of inspiring and building brighter futures for children. In 1996 they started pilot programs at Indiana University and Butler University, pairing mentors with 33 local kids. They officially opened their doors as a registered non-profit in 1997. The following summer, College Mentors opened a state-wide headquarters in Indiana. In the next few years, the friends, along with other staff, established four additional chapters, and helped lay the groundwork for two other chapters before their departure in 2000. Today, College Mentors for Kids serves 32 chapters with over 2,700 children across the United States through the volunteer efforts of over 3,300 college students with a national office in Indianapolis, Indiana.