BASES Community Mentorship Course 24-25 Application

BASES (Building Academic, Social, and Emotional Supports for children experiencing homelessness) class is a year-long service-learning course for all students (Undergraduates and Graduates), and requires enrollment for 3 credit hours each semester (Fall & Spring). The application is now open!

BASES pairs UW student mentors with early elementary school students in the Transition Education Program (TEP) in several Madison schools. The mentors provide weekly in-school support for a student 1–2 hours a week over the academic year.

BASES has both class and service-learning components. Our students are prepared for this experience in a biweekly class that focuses on the potential of 1-on-1 mentoring relationships to aid young children’s adjustment to school and how to foster resilience both in and outside of school. Mentors will learn about the effects of poverty and trauma on child development through guest lectures, films, readings, reflective writing assignments, and discussions. Class exercises are designed to support students’ learning about homelessness, mentoring, societal forces, racial inequities, and emotionally responsive teaching.

The course will be taught every other Monday from 3 pm to 4:30 pm for the entire academic year, and enrollment/attendance for the entire year is a requirement for acceptance into the program.

Click here to fill out the application for BASES, Fall 2024-Spring 2025!

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Dr. Wright ( or the TA at

This post was authored by Academic Affairs on 05/02/2024.