American Indian Student Services, at the UNM Sidekicks Mentorship Program, is participating in a food drive to benefit the Albuquerque Public Schools Title I Homeless Project as part of their Sidekicks Mentorship Program. Collected items will be donated by Sidekicks along with program participants personally engaging the campus and community for contributions. Donations will be received at AISS, located inside Mesa Vista Hall, through Dec. 4.

The Albuquerque Public Schools system Title I Homeless Project served more than 7,000 students in 2012 by providing enrollment assistance, school supplies, school clothing, food items and other assistance including transportation and tutoring programs. As part of community service efforts from the AISS Sidekicks Mentorship Program, participants will donate items to count toward their community service effort.

The Sidekicks Mentorship Program was developed to encourage the growth and development of UNM American Indian students and to ensure they successfully complete their educational goals. Participants of the program are paired in teams based on their preferences and class status in college. Teams have the opportunity to participate in various academic enrichment and professional development activities, service projects and socials.

In addition, Sidekicks participants are asking other UNM students and community members to make donations to ensure the food drive is a success. The program intends to raise over 200 food items in total.

To make a contribution to the food drive, call (505) 277-6343 or donate in person at the front desk of AISS.