At the Purdue University chapter of College Mentors for Kids, we have a big goal. We believe that mentoring transforms lives. That is why we connect kids with college students through weekly on-campus activities that inspire growth, confidence, and brighter futures. Our innovative 501(c)3 organization pairs children one-on-one with a mentor and engages them in activities where they discover the joy of learning and the power of mentoring. These kids, or little buddies, are from local schools and together, with their mentors, they participate in structured group activities that focus on higher education and careers, culture and diversity, and community service. We serve 200 buddies from the schools: Vinton, Glen Acres, Oakland, Miller, and Sunnyside. In the end, we hope our little buddies are paving ways to brighter futures and our college student mentors are learning the importance of community involvement and leadership.