Project SERVE

UC student painting the word LEGACY onto a book collection bin

The Project SERVE family of programs will be operating virtually during the Fall 2021 Semester. 

Important Dates

  • Leadership Retreat: August 7th 
  • PS Training Week: Sept 8th, Sept 9th, Sept 10th
  • Tutoring Semester Begins: Sept. 13th

Apply for  Project SERVE Leadership Team 


Project SERVE stands for Students Engaging with Resources, Vision & Enrichment, and the program is specifically geared toward Students of Color at the University of Cincinnati. The program strives to create meaningful mentorship and positive black representation through creative development, social and emotional well-being, and academic support. Through these efforts participants will convey to CPS students that no matter their environment, socio economic status, or race they can reach their dreams.



LEGACY  stands for Literacy Education Growing All Cincinnati Youth.  The program aims to create an atmosphere of academic success for CPS students through mentorship, tutoring and support of creativity. It is our goal to help students find their passion for learning and guide them to reach their full learning potential through representation and cultural identity empowerment.

Melanin Minds

Melanin Minds was created to promote overall positive mental health and wellness within CPS Elementary Schools through resources,representation,and mentorship. The program provides a safe space  to discuss the topic of mental health while empowering students to learn the power of a healthy mind. 

You See Starfish

You See Starfish aims to increase black representation and cultural identity empowerment for CPS students by providing support, community, and mentorship to students within Taft Elementary School. You See Starfish believes that through connection  students can achieve their future aspirations and reach their highest potential. 

How It Works

Applications are taken each semester. Preference is given to tutors and/or mentors who have volunteered with Project SERVE in previous semesters. Project SERVE participants work with students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, for an hour or more per week. Development sessions consist of workshops, mentoring, or tutoring.  Each session takes place within the time frame of 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. You can find Project SERVE and related programming in three Cincinnati Public Schools:

  • South Avondale Elementary School
  • Rockdale Elementary School
  • Taft Elementary School

Contact, or call the Center for Community Engagement at 513-556-1559 for additional information.