Guide a young adult to success
Year Up creates a supportive community for our students—and we’re always looking for new faces to help. A mentorship is an especially personal way to impact a young adult’s life.
As a mentor to a Year Up student, you’ll have a unique opportunity to help young adults navigate new experiences and shape their careers. It’s your chance to inspire—and be inspired by—motivated, up and-coming talent in the workforce. You’ll also have opportunities to network with like-minded professionals.
- Email or call your mentee once a week
- Meet face-to-face with your mentee once a month for a 9-month period
- Assist in building and accessing professional networks and in reviewing resumes and college forms
- Encourage continuous learning and problem solving
- Attend the Year Up graduation and recognize your mentee
What mentors bring:
- The ability and desire to work with young adults (ages 18-24) from diverse urban backgrounds
- A positive attitude and good listening skills
- The willingness to share your knowledge and experiences
- Patience, understanding, and a sense of humor
Steps on Becoming a Mentor:
- Step 1: Please fill out the Year Up Chicago Mentor Application Form. This application is very important to the mentee as they will spend a significant amount of time reading it to learn more about each potential mentor. The more details you can provide in your answers, the better.
- Step 2: We believe it’s important for prospective mentors to visit the Year Up site and view our programs in action to provide you with a clear sense of the vital role you will play in the professional development of our young adults. Please sign up for a Volunteer Information Session here.
- Step 3: Mentors are matched twice a year in July and January, and we are currently recruiting for the January 2018 cohort.