Faces without Places is a non-profit that works to remove educational barriers for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Faces without Places helps to keep students connected to their education by providing assistance with uniforms, school supplies, enrollment, transportation, advocacy, and enrichment opportunities.

Zoo-Mates?, now in its seventh year, is a Faces without Places year long mentoring program that matches elementary students experiencing homelessness with students attending a local university. The mentees and their mentors build interpersonal relationships through participation in weekly field trips and enrichment activities at the Zoo, elementary school, and university.  
 
Working in partnership with St. Francis De Sales School, activities are developed to integrate academic material from the classroom with the planned mentoring opportunities provided in the community. Mentees, with the aid of their mentors, delve into hands on activities that require higher level thinking skills to facilitate a greater understanding of academic content in the areas of Zoology and Ecology. 
 
The program exposes mentees to new experiences and skill attainment but also provides them with consistent positive role models who are able to convey the importance of higher education. Both mentee and mentor report benefiting from their experiences together. 
 
Zoo-Mates? 2013 Program will begin in January with a mentor orientation. University students will have the opportunity to meet their mentees and family members at Zoobration, a dinner held at the Zoo. The program will conclude in May.
 
Interested students may submit the attached application to the Eigel Center at eigelcenter@xavier.edu or call 513-745-3264 with any questions. Applications are due by 12:00 noon on January 14, 2013.