The OCCE coordinates tutoring and mentoring programs, as well as several other service learning and civic engagement programs that serve the local public school systems while providing UNE students valuable opportunities to engage with local communities around the University.

America Reads, America Counts

The America Reads/America Counts Tutoring Program (AR/AC) is a federal work-study and volunteer opportunity that seeks to engage UNE students in the community by serving as mathematics and literacy tutors for local children and teens.

Tutors build a structured and trusting relationship with their tutees by offering encouragement and academic assistance. Through the AR/AC tutor relationship, UNE students help young people develop confidence in their academic ability. In turn, tutors strengthen their dedication to the community and enhance their college experience.

For more information email Joel Soloway, program coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA at

Current School Partners

Biddeford Primary
Grades 1-3
320 Hill St., Biddeford

John F Kennedy Kindergarten
64 West St., Biddeford

Governor Fairfield Elementary School
Grades K-2
75 Beach St., Saco

Biddeford Intermediate School
Grades 4-5
335 Hill St., Biddeford

CK Burns School
Grades 3-5,
135 Middle St., Saco


What do tutors do?

Tutors are placed in classrooms grades K-5 and work as classroom assistants or one-on-one tutors for students who need extra academic support. Examples of day-to-day activities include: leading small groups with flash card practice, teaching academic games, helping students with technology, editing student writing, creating materials for future lessons, writing and math workshops, homework help, etc.

When do you hire?

We hire all year long but our major recruitment periods are at the beginning of the semesters.

Who can apply?

Any student can apply who has Federal Work Study, regardless of year in school or major. We also accept some students without work study funding who are willing to make a serious commitment to volunteering with the program.

Is it required that to have a car?

No, a car is not required but it is strongly recommended. Some students are able to arrange carpools with other tutors.

How do I apply?
College Community Mentoring Program

UNE's College Community Mentoring Program (CCMP) is a volunteer mentoring program that seeks to engage UNE students in the community by serving as consistent, reliable adult role models for local children and teens. The program recruits, trains, and matches UNE students with public school students to work on academics and college aspirations. UNE students commit to working one-on-one with a youth for at least one hour a week throughout the entire school year.

Mentors build a structured and trusting relationship with their mentees by offering guidance, support, encouragement, and academic assistance. Through the CCMP mentoring relationship, UNE mentors help young people develop into confident, competent and contributing members of society. In turn, student-mentors strengthen their dedication to the community and thoughtfully enhance their college experience. CCMP currently provides about 50 mentors who work with more than 350 youth.

School Sites

  • Biddeford Primary School
  • Kennebunkport Consolidated School
  • Sea Road School of Kennebunk
  • Middle School of the Kennebunks
  • Jameson School
  • Loranger Middle School
  • Old Orchard Beach High School
  • Old Orchard Alternative Education
  • The Tides Program
  • Kennebunk Elementary School
  • Saco Middle School
  • Thornton Academy

Prospective Sites

CCMP is steadily expanding and always interested in new mentoring opportunities. Depending on your own program’s needs, mentors can assist in a number of ways. The most common activities CCMP mentors participate in are homework help and recreation and cultural activities. Most importantly, mentors are able to provide children with consistent support and a positive role model. If your school or program is interested in having UNE mentors volunteer at your site, please email Melissa Klemt.



If you have any questions concerning the College Community Mentoring Program, please contact Melissa Klemt in Decary Hall 321, at (207) 602-2260 or

Road to Success

In 2010, as part of the mentoring grant UNE received, a project called Diversion to Assets (D2A) began as a section of the statewide Diversion Program. In this program youth identified by the Juvenile Community Review Board of York County who commited a first-time, non-violent offense were referred to the program coordinator and an intervention plan for them was created and implemented.

Recently, UNE has rebranded and re-designed the D2A program into the indepently-run Road to Success — giving youth more time in the program and a large variety of support and community opportunities. The interventions require youth to write a reflection letter, take part in a community engagement activity, and volunteer within their community. Optional components of this program include referrals to mental health counseling, college/career aspiration programs, academic tutors, College Community Mentoring Program, and educational materials such as books, videos, or classes.



Melissa Klemt, Program Coordinator

College Aspirations Program

Since 2012, participants in the College Aspirations Program (CAP) at UNE have worked to increase aspirations among low-income youth and to support at-risk students who are interested in pursuing higher education, military, and workforce paths.

College Aspirations mentors from UNE have supported middle and high school students who are in the varying stages of their future aspirations. This includes helping the students investigate their interests, researching the best course of action including military, trade schools, and college, and helping students who are in the process of completing their college applications. At the middle school level, students are given presentations from professionals in various fields and answer questions the students have. At the high school level, UNE students help guide the mentees through the process of applying for college, financial aid, and college life. OCCE also offers college tours that are tailored towards low-income and first-generation students who are considering college as an option.

Moving forward, the focus of this program will be to pair College Community Mentoring Program mentors with individual middle school and high school students who need extra support with academics and college/work preparation.

Service Sites

  • Loranger Middle School
  • Middle School of the Kennebunks
  • Saco Middle School
  • Biddeford Middle School


For more information email Joel Soloway.

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