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Guide a young adult to success.

The mentor program is part of the core program model at Year Up Greater Boston. Our mentors provide professional advice, career and educational planning support, and networking opportunities. Mentoring is an especially personal and rewarding way to impact a young adult’s life.

“Having Christy Strawbridge as my mentor has been a true blessing. She is extremely smart, charismatic, humble, driven, generous, supportive, and always has a positive attitude. Christy focused on both my professional and personal life – she saw me as a real person and treated me like a friend. She is a strong role model, and I can’t thank her enough for all that she has done for me.”

Yeny Arango, Class of January 2014

The Year Up Greater Boston mentor program is focused on the professional development of our students. All of our mentors must be able to make the commitment to spend regular, consistent time with their Year Up mentee for one year starting in May 2017.


  • You have a passion for working with urban young adults (18 – 24 years old), an unshakable belief in their potential, and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • You have a sincere desire to help your mentee achieve personal and professional goals
  • You are committed to diversity and inclusion
  • You have professional work experience and a professional network
  • You are at least 25 years old
  • You can commit to being matched with your mentee for at least 12 months
  • You are comfortable with the personal and logistical expectations for being a mentor (see below)

**We encourage professionals of color from the Boston area to apply **


  • Once matched, you will meet in person with your mentee every other week for three months to establish a strong relationship.
  • After you have been working together for three months, you will meet in person every 3-4 weeks.
  • You will communicate via text, phone, or email weekly throughout the duration of your match year.
  • Mentors are encouraged to be open and flexible in accommodating the meeting times and locations of the mentee.
  • Mentor Orientation is required for all new mentors. Return mentors will be provided an optional refresher course.
  • Mentors will cover any expenses incurred during outings with their mentees.

To Apply: Our next mentor cycle will begin in the fall. Keep an eye out for applications opening in August.

For more information: Please email Year Up at to learn more about our mentoring program.

For more details on becoming a mentor

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