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C.A.M.P. Osprey

C.A.M.P. Osprey builds leaders

The Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program, C.A.M.P. Osprey, is an innovative leadership mentoring program that pairs collegiate student leaders from the University of North Florida with Duval County Public School students in grades 5-9. The program uses a three-pronged approach, which includes mentoring by collegiate student leaders, mentor and mentee leadership training with an innovative curriculum, and K-12 student visits to the University of North Florida.

The program has significantly expanded to include five counties in Northeast Florida (Duval, Putnam, Flagler, St. Johns and Clay) and with virtual mentoring, three nonlocal cities-- Miami, Dallas and Raleigh. The growth has allowed us to reach 442 K-12 students and have a greater impact beyond the Northeast Florida region.

Student leaders selected to participate in our program are given the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, mentor a child in these same leadership skills, make a difference in their community and understand the influence one can have in the field of education and educational leadership.

K-12 schools participating in the C.A.M.P. Osprey Program experienced gains in student attendance (27%) and student academic achievement (11% gain in GPA). Additionally, this investment has provided extensive opportunities for collaboration across academic colleges, departments, and programs including the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Community Based-Learning and the Taylor Leadership Institute.

UNF Collegiate Mentors

  • Leadership development through hybrid courses within Taylor Leadership Institute
  • Weekly onsite and online mentoring sessions with elementary- and middle-school students in Duval County


  • Leadership and college readiness skill development
  • On-campus, college immersion event
  • Future UNF students/mentors

University of North Florida

  • Introduction to the field of education from underrepresented students' populations on campus
  • Support and engagement from Enrollment Services, Office of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion, Taylor Leadership Institute
  • Highly visible model of collaboration between COEHS, DCPS and UNF

Model of Success

  • Based on the highly successful C.A.M.P. programs at the University of Florida and North Carolina State University
  • Research has been presented at a number of national conferences
  • Awards from National Jefferson Foundation, ESPN, United Way and United Healthcare

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