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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.

What’s Involved:

  • 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.