JC Mentor Program (CDCI 496)

The Johnson City Mentor Program is a partnership between Binghamton University and the Johnson City (JC) School District. Since its inception in the spring of 1997, over 1,000 Binghamton University students have successfully participated in the program. The program's objectives are to:

  • Provide Johnson City Middle School students with role models and extra academic support. Binghamton students encourage mentees to develop their organizational, planning and social skills.
  • Provide an opportunity for Binghamton students to explore career options while serving the community. Binghamton students act as mentors and help middle school students develop the skills and gain the confidence to succeed at school while expanding their own experience and career exploration.

Students who participate in the JC Mentor program will:

  • Gain experience in a secondary school setting
  • Gain experience and exposure to people of diverse backgrounds and ages
  • Learn how to work with, and mentor, middle school students, and be a reliable academic and social support
  • Develop transferable workplace skills such as professionalism, communication, leadership, patience, etc.

Want to learn more about the JC Mentor Program? Attend an information session! 

Wednesday, March 13th at 6 pm in UU-133A
Thursday, March 28th at 1:30 pm in UU-133A
Tuesday, April 2nd at 5:30 pm in UU-133A
Thursday, April 11th at 1:30 pm in UU-133A

Apply to the JC Mentor Program

Why become a mentor? 

A mentor has the opportunity to help a child who may have low self-esteem, social development challenges, and academic problems learn the skills to overcome these obstacles and develop into a productive and prosperous young adult. Studies have shown that children with mentors are less likely to engage in aggressive, anti-social behaviors, or to use drugs and alcohol. You can make a difference in the life of a child!

Mentors will:

  • Work one-on-one with a student during the school day (generally 7:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.) to help with classroom assignments, homework and studying (after school time is available as along as it's in a highly trafficked area while the school is open).
  • Work with teachers and school counselors to identify scholastic problem areas
  • Serve as social and academic role models
  • Provide encouragement
  • Serve as a patient friend and good listener

What Binghamton students say about being a JC Mentor:

"For me it was a great experience in which I learned many lessons. I think my mentee gained confidence and self esteem. I learned I could be seen as a role model."

"It is very hard to explain what I gained from this experience. I got to see firsthand that every one learns at their own pace. I learned I had a lot more patience than I thought I did and possibly the best part was I gained a friend."

"I have recommended this program to friends especially if they want to be a teacher or if they just want to make a positive impact on a child’s life. It’s a wonderful thing to be involved in something bigger than yourself."

"My mentee has really opened up to me and gotten her grades up."

"I learned that when dealing or working with other people you have to be a good listener and be flexible when helping them.

Program Requirements and Additional Information

  • Program Requirements
    • Mentor 5 hours per week at the JC Middle School (50 hours per semester)
    • Attend a one hour weekly seminar and receive two credits
    • Attend all scheduled activities
    • Must be a sophomore (completed a minimum of one year of college), junior or senior to apply
  • Transportation

    There is public transportation available to the Johnson City Middle School on the BC Transit #17 line. Please be aware that the bus leaves Binghamton University to go to the middle school at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., and returns around 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. You need to call the bus ahead of time to make sure they come to the middle school.


Contact Ellen Youssif-Armstrong at 607-777-5155 or jcmentor@binghamton.edu.


Apply to the JC Mentor Program


Please Note: Students who wish to participate in an internship and who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that they will be asked about their prior criminal history. This may impede your ability to participate in certain internships. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.