Since November 2018 we have worked to complement existing services and develop innovative programming built on insights gleaned from interdisciplinary evidence-based research. Our Mission is to efficiently invest time and resources in college students that have experienced foster care or homelessness to earn a college degree and begin a successful career. We seek to achieve this goal through empowering these students by providing mentorship, camaraderie, essential skill development, and support for independent living and academic necessities.
DEVELOP STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC, PROFESSIONAL, AND LIFE SKILLS THROUGH MENTORING, WORKSHOPS, TRAINING, AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
- Conduct small group mentoring meetings
- Host large group skill development workshops
- Provide individual life coaching
- Engage students in meaningful community service projects
- Celebrate student successes and accomplishments
- Award Champions Cup to motivate students and recognize excellence
FACILITATE DEVELOPMENT OF A LIFELONG SUPPORT NETWORK
- Connect students with accomplished mentors and similarly situated peers
- Refer students to professionals, offices, agencies, and community resources
ASSIST STUDENTS WITH TRANSITIONING FROM COLLEGE LIFE TO A PROFESSIONAL WORK ENVIRONMENT
- Provide work related mentoring
- Offer coaching for life essentials such as transportation, housing, budgeting, and finance
- Encourage participation in Champions Empowering Champions, university, and college alumni activities
Champions Empowering Champions History
CONTINUING SUPPORT/ FALL SEMESTER PREP
Champions continues to provide support for our students and develop new programs despite the Coronavirus. We are also responding to any emergency needs of our students, whether it be a student who needs companionship while ill or setting up a virtual doctor appointment for a student who was injured. Champions is also assisting students by connecting them with resources in the community and serving the technological needs of students needing laptops by connecting them with the necessary resources at FAU.
Champions continues to assist its student members during this complicated time. Given the difficulties created by the Covid-19 virus, our student population unfortunately is disproportionately disadvantaged. Our volunteers and board members are therefore engaged in assisting our students to weather this storm as best as possible. This crisis makes our efforts that much more important.
FIRST SQUAD NIGHT OF 2020
The first Squad Night occurred in January 2020. The evening brought together almost 60 attendees (mix of volunteers and students), representing 50% growth in attendance since our inaugural Squad Night.
CHAMPIONS FIRST FUNDRAISER
Champions Empowering Champions’ first fundraising event, a happy hour held in January 2020 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Boca Raton, brought together board members, volunteers and local residents to hear about the organization’s mission, how it is making an impact and its vision for the future.
For the Fall 2019 semester, an advisory board was developed, and 22 students and 22 community volunteers accepted invitations to join the inaugural squads. On September 25, 2019, Champions Empowering Champions had an official kickoff with the Inaugural Squad Night.
TOP HONORS AT 2019 FAU TECH RUNWAY®
At FAU’s 2019 Tech Runway®, Champions proposal was so convincing that the judges departed from their customary practice of focusing on businesses aspiring to profit-making status and included Champions Empowering Champions in the 2019 entrepreneurial class. This brought the organization a $15,000 cash award and a year’s worth of hands-on start-up assistance.
CHAMPIONS CONCEPT CATCHES ON
After the idea of developing a program to help these students and the name Champions Empowering Champions was envisioned, Dr. Dunn began to share her vision with others on campus. Buoyed by the support of others at FAU, including Joseph Murray (Strategic Planning Director) and Jasmine Moore (Educational Programming Director), Dr. Dunn had more than a dozen allies from the university and the greater community.
During the spring of 2018, Dr. Kimberly Dunn (Executive Director), began thinking about the hundreds of young Florida Atlantic University students who had experienced foster care or homelessness. She recognized the academic and emotional struggle for these students to move ahead on their own without adequate family support.