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Walkways to Westminster

Walkways to Westminster is a university access program for first-generation, low-income, and otherwise underrepresented youth in grades K-12. In this program, Westminster University students serve as mentors to youth, supporting them in their academic success, university preparedness, interest exploration, and life skills. Walkways to Westminster’s goal is to provide youth with an individualized plan for success throughout their educational journey. 

2023-24 Walkways at a Glance

  • The walkways program partners with Promise South Salt Lake and the Salt Lake City School District to place mentors in schools that resonate with their own experiences and goals as a mentor.
  • The walkways program places mentors in schools during the school day and during the after-school program to ensure students’ needs are being met throughout the day.
  • Youth who receive mentorship through the walkways program are invited to attend field trips, activities, and service events on the Westminster University campus multiple times during the school year.
  • Walkways partner-schools are across the Salt Lake area, providing accessibility for Westminster University students who prefer to stay close to campus.
  • Mentors with walkways come from multiple different academic programs, including education, chemistry, theater, and more!
  • Walkways mentors have the opportunity to develop skills related to time management, emotional intelligence, adaptability, and leadership.

Become a Mentor

The mentoring relationship is at the heart of the Walkways program. Westminster students offer their own life experience and knowledge to youth. In turn, Westminster students are able to gain a deeper understanding of how others learn, community, and service. The skills and experiences gained by being a mentor are transferable, allowing Westminster students to build their resumes for future jobs and educational opportunities.

Walkways mentors must commit to attending their school site(s) at least once per week, every week (excluding school/religious holidays). Transportation is not provided. Pay starts at $15 per hour. Email Julie Tille or Ann Day for more information or to apply!

Walkways to Westminster Programs

Little Griffins

Grade level: Kindergarten - 6th
Focus: create positive and meaningful relationships between mentors and youth, support academic success, and raise awareness about higher education opportunities.
Methods: one-on-one mentorship; group activities and lessons; Westminster University visits
Location: Hawthorne Elementary (more sites TBA)
Mentoring availability: Mentors can attend Little Griffins Monday – Friday anytime from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or 2:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Go Griffins

Grade level: 7th and 8th
Focus: Create positive and meaningful relationships between mentors and youth, foster personal growth, support academic success, and develop a community of university-bound students.
Methods: one-on-one and group tutoring/mentoring
Location: TBA
Mentoring availability: Mentors can attend Go Griffins Monday – Friday 2:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Griffin Goals

Grade level: 9–12th
Focus: Create positive and meaningful relationships between mentors and youth, support academic success, tutoring sessions, and promoting university access by helping youth address known barriers.
Methods: One-on-one and group tutoring/mentoring; advocacy; assisting with higher education applications and planning
Location: Cottonwood High School
Mentoring availability: Mentors can attend Griffin Goals Monday – Friday, 2:30 – 6:00 p.m.


If you have any questions regarding the hiring process, schedule, or anything else please contact Ann Day.