HSA Mentorship at Cosby

Eligibility requirements

Current VCU college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in mentoring public school students. Applicants do not have a minimum GPA requirement but must enroll in the service-learning course required for the high school they will be working with.

Program description

HSA mentors at Cosby enroll in a three-credit VCU Service-Learning course taught during the spring semester only. The three-credit course, Effective Mentoring Practice, is offered as a PYC 492 or HPEX 491 program. HSA mentors gain skills in effective mentoring practice by applying developmental and educational theories to motivate mentees to be successful in a college course. 

Spring 2019
PSYC 492/HPEX 491 – Effective Mentoring Practice
Tentative syllabus

  • 3 lecture hours, 3 credits
  • Service-Learning placements at Cosby High School, Health Sciences Specialty Center
  • Spring 2019 meeting times: Tuesdays 10:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. or 12:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Mentoring strategies are applied toward working with youth at the Cosby High School Health Sciences Specialty Center to assist them in preparing for careers and college entrance. The curriculum will include the application of theoretical knowledge and reflective exercises to build mentoring skills and foster positive youth development. Workshops will be created in teams to introduce high school students to effective techniques for time management, college and career selection and delivering effective presentations.


Spring semester: January 2019 - May 2019.
Mentoring program follows VCU Spring 2019 semester calendar.


Cosby High School Health Sciences Specialty Center.
VCU Monroe Park and VCU Health Campus.

Contact information

Dr. Seth Leibowitz at (804) 828-1761 or hsacademy@vcu.edu

Health Sciences Academy (HSA) Mentorship is an opportunity for VCU undergraduates to serve as mentors to high school students enrolled in the HSA health sciences exploration course.  HSA mentors have a significant impact on the high school students, helping them to navigate career options in the health professions.  

Mentorship training and skill development are supported by active participation in VCU Service-Learning classes.  Students enrolled in Psychology, Interdisciplinary Sciences, or the Kinesiology and Health Sciences major or minor programs can use the upper-level service-learning course to fill curriculum requirements.