Carol Everly Miller, Indiana University

How did College Mentors for Kids prepare you for life after college? “It taught me that community service needs to be a constant in my life, even as an adult. After graduation, I continued to mentor youth at a local preschool as I worked full-time in public relations. After five years, I realized I wanted to dedicate my career to working with kids, so I returned to school and obtained my teaching certification. I then taught high school for eight years, primarily teaching in the AVID program. AVID is nation-wide high school elective class that helps prepare students for college. I attribute my path to a career in teaching directly to my experience as a College Mentors volunteer.”

What do you hope to see College Mentors for Kids doing 20 years from now? “The program exists across the country and is a staple at hundreds of colleges and universities.”

What else would you like us to know about your College Mentors experience? “The College Mentors program changed my life. Twenty years ago as a mentor at IU-Bloomington, I never would have imagined the magnitude this program would have on my life, or how much the program would grow and flourish. I am so grateful and proud to have been a part of its beginnings.”

Carol served as a mentor during the first three years of College Mentors for Kids programming at Indiana University (1996-99). Now a stay-at-home mom of young children, Carol continues to volunteer in her community. She also remains in contact with her little buddy, Dylan, who is now married and has children of his own