Leaders are always arising at ABAC and this year, they’re springing out of The College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP).
CAMP is a program that assists students who are migratory or seasonal farm workers (or children of such workers) enrolled in their first year of undergraduate studies. They must be U.S. citizens or residents, they have to have been involved in the migrant program or currently involved in any seasonal agricultural work, and they must be accepted by ABAC.
After they meet these requirements, students are then graded on a point scale system to determine the best candidates. Points based on SAT scores, GPA, essays, interviews, and financial need.
Gustavo Tovar is the CAMP recruiter in charge of the recruitment of these students. The CAMP Program is organized by Director Javier Gonzalez, Program Coordinator and Academic Counselor Dr. Rountree, and Tovar.
Every year, CAMP has some mentors who help and guide new CAMP students during their freshmen year.
Dr. Roundtree explained, “The CAMP mentors are chosen by the program coordinator and they’re chosen based on academic GPA and their overall performance during the year that they were CAMP students. Therefore, because of those factors they were selected mentors.”
At the end of each year, the mentors are chosen from former CAMP students who have completed the program. For 2013-2014, the four CAMP mentors are Victor Gonzalez, Maria Bueno, Jennifer Cano, and Sandy Pineda.
Responsibilities for the 30 students in the CAMP Program have been divided among the four mentors. Victor is in charge of 8 mentees because he is in the Honors Program. Maria Bueno has 7 mentees. Jennifer Cano, also in the Honors Program, has 8 mentees and Sandy Pineda has 7 mentees.
There are six CAMP students in the Honors Program at ABAC. CAMP mentor Cano described one of her duties: “I help my mentees with a time management log where they plan out a schedule to be more organized. This way they learn how to time manage their studying time, homework time, social time, and tutoring time.”
Mentees also have the responsibilities of signing a contract stating that they must meet once a week with their mentors for at least an hour.
With this contract, the mentor and the mentees set specific goals that they want to meet each semester and throughout the year. The mentor and the mentee both work together to achieve those goals.
Mentees also give their mentor a copy of their syllabus to make sure that mentees understand the professors. A questionnaire is required help mentors get to know their charges on a personal level.
CAMP mentors do not tutor; they only mentor. This year, for the first time, CAMP mentors are paid.
Cano admitted, “I like being a CAMP mentor because it helps me become a more effective leader, it allows me to give back to college, and I gain personal knowledge and experience.”
Pineda said, “I wish I would have had someone to guide me as I am guiding my mentees towards a better understanding of my career.”
Gonzalez and Bueno were not available for interviews due to class conflict, but Roundtree said she was very confident in the mentoring team.
“I believe this year will be the most successful of the mentoring programs that we’ve offered to the CAMP Program. One of the reasons is because we are paying the mentors,” Roundtree said.
“The incoming CAMP freshmen are very excited about having the mentors work with them and they are much focused. The CAMP freshmen have the potential to get things done on time in an orderly manner. I can see the mentoring program already taking shape and being successful already.”