Youth Programs & Initiatives


For 20 years, the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at Gonzaga University has paired well-trained and passionate college students together with school youth from the Spokane community. Started in 1995 with the creation of Campus Kids at Stevens and Logan Elementary, CCE's youth programs and initiatives have expanded by leaps and bounds. Today, we run 6 distinct youth programs and initiatives in 12 Spokane Public Schools, with approximately 400 Gonzaga students serving over 700 youth each year. Scroll down to see our Programs below.


Thank you for your interest in Gonzaga's Youth Program & Initiatives. Current Gonzaga students are eligible to apply to be a mentor. See below for instructions.

Prior to applying, please make sure you will be able to keep the required length of commitment:

One Semester: Smile, Zag Study Buddies.
Two Semesters/One Full Academic Year: Campus Kids, Connections, GAME.

Applications will be considered as soon as they are submitted.

*New & Returning Mentors: Please have the following reference form completed by a non-related, professional or academic reference who can speak to your strengths and experience.