About the Program

The C.H.A.M.P. program is a service-learning experience for APU students enrolled in EDLS 405 Diversity in the Classroom. This education course is designed to engage prospective teachers with issues such as race and culture in the educational setting. Each semester, APU partners with three elementary schools from the Azusa Unified School District.

APU students are assigned to classrooms at the designated school sites to serve as college mentors to groups of five to seven fourth grade students. The APU students facilitate activities that correspond to the C.H.A.M.P. curriculum, covering such topics as college admission, financial aid, and career exploration.

The C.H.A.M.P. program has been a partnership between Azusa Pacific University and the Azusa Unified School District since 1991. It is the goal of the Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research that the program would be mutually beneficial, reliably structured, and maintain high quality.

The overarching goal of the Center for Academic Service-Learning is to provide faculty and students with quality service opportunities that relate to specific academic goals and are tied to academic courses. The C.H.A.M.P. program integrates practical site experience of diversity in elementary school settings into the college classroom.