Trailblazers Program

The Trailblazers Program assists first generation college students (FGS) majoring in Criminal Justice as they learn to navigate college life successfully. The focus is on providing peer mentorship, career guidance and internship placement, and access to academic tools and resources to FGS. We connect students with representatives from a wide range of criminal justice agencies and with successful alumni who work in fields of interest to students.

FGS mentees are partnered with FGS mentors based on background characteristics in an effort to help them navigate the college environment and to ease the transition into higher education. FGS mentors have been selected based on their successful acclimation to university life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Mentee Benefits

  • Individualized support — Mentees are partnered with upper-division Criminal Justice FGS students who will provide academic and social support throughout the semester. Mentors help provide social and cultural support for first generation college students.
  • Reduced financial pressures — Financial pressures of mentees may be reduced by having access to low or no-cost class textbooks and by helping students apply for scholarships.
  • Exposure to networking opportunities — Mentees learn about the university resources available to them. They are provided many opportunities to hear about career paths from professionals in the criminal justice field through panel discussions and career fairs.

Student Mentor Benefits

  • Elevate the learning environment — Through the mentors’ experiences, academic success, and the training they receive, mentors can help elevate the culture of learning on our campus.
  • Expand your social capital — Mentors are exposed to academic and professional personnel and resources that will make an impact in their mentees’ academic lives. Mentors will have the opportunity to interact more closely with criminal justice faculty members.
  • Build an impactful resume — Trailblazers is a unique experience, which will set mentors apart from other students. It will help mentors develop leadership and professional skills that are desired in the work place or in graduate school.