UC Blue Ash College

SABER Latinx Mentoring Program

What is SABER?

A meeting of the SABER group at UC Blue Ash College

Welcome to the SABER (Student Achievement through Building and Exploring Relationships) Mentoring Program! SABER, which means "knowledge" or "wisdom" in Spanish, began out of a desire for near-peer connections between high school and college Latinx identifying students in the greater Cincinnati area. It is a partnership between the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College (UCBA), Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), and the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC), with additional help and support from the Latino Faculty Association (LFA) at the University of Cincinnati. Through the SABER program, we are empowering college students to "lift as they climb" in higher education, while helping to increase Latinx representation at UC.

Program Goals

  • Help students and families learn about the higher education journey.
  • Eliminate knowledge gaps in college access.
  • Develop continuous student support networks throughout the UC and CPS system, with an emphasis on cultural connections.
  • Enable underrepresented students to envision themselves at college and achieving their dreams.
  • Empower Latinx college students to mentor the next generation.
Students in the SABER group meet at UC Blue Ash College

Key Stakeholders

Program Structure

  • Latinx-identifying high school students from the English Language Learner (ELL) program at Dater are paired with a mentor who is currently a UCBA or UC student.
  • Mentor-mentee matching is a collaborative effort between CYC/CPS partners at Dater and UCBA office of Multicultural Affairs, and is based on information that students provide regarding personal and academic goals and interests on their applications.
  • Expectations for mentors: communicate with mentee at least once/week via GroupMe text or email, schedule one-to-ones during mentees’ lunch/free bell/advisory to minimize academic disruptions for mentees.
  • Expectations for mentees: communicate needs, interests, and questions about college to mentor, work with mentor to schedule meetings.
  • One-to-ones should take place at least once per month.
  • Mentors and mentees fill out a monthly feedback survey to keep stakeholders apprised of their progress.
  • Mentors and mentees jointly fill out a mentoring contract at the beginning of the relationship; this contract is also signed by a parent or guardian at mentee’s home.
  • Both major stakeholders (Dater and UCBA) check in face-to-face and via text/email with their mentors/mentees as needed, and communicate any issues to the other party for quick resolution.

Student Testimonials

  • (Mentor) I’m loving both of my mentees! They are both wonderful, hardworking and amazing! They are happy with school and can’t wait to graduate. I’m still trying to communicate better with them & making [sic] sure I get anything they need done ASAP. Love the smiles, hugs and convos we have when we’re together! <3
  • (Mentee) When we meet and he is in a mentor position, we are very comfortable and get along very well. We can relate and trust each other.
  • (Mentee) [My mentor] talked to us about the balance between work and studies. She also told us how she was able to save some money while in college.
  • (Mentee) My mentor has talked to me about topics such as the type of studies [majors] in the college, schedules and scholarships. He talked to us about how to register for classes each semester. That information is valuable.


Contact Information

Molly Scruta
Program Manager of Inclusion and Involvement
Office: Muntz 123
Email: molly.scruta@uc.edu
Phone: 513-936-1501