UC Blue Ash College

CYC/UCBA Mentoring Program

The Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) and UC Blue Ash College (UCBA) are continuing to work together on an exciting initiative: the CYC/UCBA Mentoring Collaborative. The goal of the partnership is to engage as many UC Blue Ash students as possible in mentoring relationships.

We want to assist students with forming new relationships, building networks, setting and achieving goals, and using the resources that UC Blue Ash and UC offer.

About the Program

Mission & Goals

The mission of the UC Blue Ash/CYC Mentoring Partnership is to enhance the quality, efficacy, depth and diversity of each student's college experience through matching UC Blue Ash students with caring, committed and capable faculty, staff, alumni or community based mentors. Mentors and students develop a personal relationship, share experiences, explore opportunities for networking and growth, address challenges should they arise, and discuss personal well-being and balance, academic success strategies, navigating college, building networks, professional development and much more.

The UC Blue Ash (UCBA)/ Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) Mentoring Partnership Program began in fall 2017. The program served 86 UCBA students with 69 mentors in its initial year. In 2018-2019, the program will serve as many as 150 students with over 100 mentors. Research and the lived experiences of mentors and students show that an ongoing relationship with even one involved guide/advocate makes a substantial difference in a student's college experience.

Contact Program Coordinators

Michelle Shade

UCBA / CYC College Mentoring Program Coordinator – UCBA Campus

Office: Pavilion 100.02
Email: ucbacyccoach@ucmail.uc.edu
Phone: 513-936-1773

Greg Metz

UCBA Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

Office: Muntz 140
Email: Gregory.Metz@uc.edu
Phone: 513-745-5670

Molly Burkhalter

CYC Mentoring College Mentoring Program Coordinator

Email: mburkhalter@cycyouth.org
Phone: 513-612-8822

Training Documents

Use these documents as a reference for any questions you have about procedures, expectations or mentor/mentee partnerships.

College Resources

Students are apprised of college resources early and often, starting at orientation and in First Year Experiences courses, through other instructors, through flyers and social media, etc. As regards these services, while you may need to reinforce info about them, your most critical role is to encourage using them. Use encouraging and effective referral techniques. See materials on effective referral in "resources" section of this mentoring web site.

Many of the most vital and commonly used services for UC Blue Ash students can be found at our Student headquarters page.

  • The "student services" tab contains links to academic advising, tutoring, accessibility resources (disabilities), counseling and more.
  • One Stop has its own set of pages, as awareness and understanding of financial aid processes is vital and they can be confusing.
  • The "guides and resources" tab contains links to comprehensive information such as the student handbook and also particular support resources such as "student lingo" online video student success workshops

Who are the mentors?

Mentors come from far and wide - UC Blue Ash faculty, staff, faculty emeriti and alumni, as well as community partners from Cincinnati Youth Collaborative networks.

What do mentors do?

  • Mentor/coaches partner with either one or two students. Mentors and Mentees are expected to have two monthly engagements. This can be in-person or through other mediums.
  • Mentors help students form new relationships, build networks, set and achieve goals, and utilize the resources that UC Blue Ash and UC off­er.

How are mentors and mentees supported?

  • Ongoing support is provided to both mentors and mentees though various means, including an on-site program coordinator at UC Blue Ash and periodic larger group gatherings.

Mentor Calendar

Mentor Calendar
Event Date/Time
Mentor Training


  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mentoring Matches Mailed Out 8/29
Curriculum Communication: Week 1 9/4
Fall Semester Kick-Off


  • 4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Monthly Survey & Curriculum Communication: Week 3 9/17
Curriculum Communication: Week 5 10/1
Monthly Survey & Curriculum Communication: Week 7 10/15
Curriculum Communication: Week 9 10/29
Curriculum Communication: Week 11 11/13
Monthly Survey 11/19
Curriculum Communication: Week 13 11/26
Last Day of Classes 12/7
Monthly Survey & Curriculum Communication: Week 15 12/17


More Information

Academic Affairs - Greg Metz
Muntz Hall | Room 140
Phone: 513-745-5670
Email: Greg Metz