Mentoring Programs

Dream B.I.G.

Dream B.I.G. (Believing in Girls) is a student-led girl empowerment program of the Volunteer Action Center. U of A student serve a mentors to 6-7th grade girls from a partnership school in Arkansas. Mentors facilitate monthly education sessions with girls and host an overnight empowerment camp in the spring. Dream B.I.G. strives to promote self-esteem, goal-setting, team work, pursuit of higher education, and motivation to succeed and overcome challenges.

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VAC Literacy Program

The goal of the VAC Literacy Program is to create personal and intellectual growth for both college-aged and elementary students through meaningful relationships, stimulating curriculum, and an alternative learning experience. University of Arkansas volunteers commit to one semester of doing curriculum-based activities with an elementary student for an hour and a half each week Monday through Thursday. The program takes place at several local elementary schools.  

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Background Checks

The mentoring programs at the Volunteer Action Center require background checks and  Child Maltreatment Registry checks.  These checks will be run after your application for the program has been accepted and before the program starts.  Below are the documents you may need to complete.  Please note the Child Maltreatment Registry checks must be notarized.  Be aware that the failure to submit the proper documents may result in your inability to participate in the program.  To request a copy of the forms, email vac@uark.edu

As part of a mentoring activity, students may be required to fill out the following:

Forms should be submitted to the Center for Community Engagement (ARKU A643) in person or by fax.  

Background Check Details:

Students will be notified by email a link that will direct them to the background check website.  Background checks are done by CourtHouseConcepts.  


The background check will consist of:                                       

  • Social Security Trace- Verifies number and lists all known addresses for the applicant
  • Nationwide Criminal History – Database search of over 500 million criminal records.
  • Nationwide Sex Offender Registry Search – Search of National Database containing sex offender information from all 50 states.