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.
“Year Up provides a unique opportunity not only for disconnected young adults but also for volunteers. Mentoring has empowered me to help address the Opportunity Divide that exists in our communities, and my involvement has been the most rewarding volunteering experience that I’ve ever had.”
-Tim Houghton, Year Up Bay Area Mentor
WHY BECOME A YEAR UP MENTOR?
- Use your knowledge, experience, and perspective to provide essential support to Year Up students
- Support young adults through their professional journey as they navigate new experiences
- Join an engaging community of like-minded professionals from Fortune 500 companies
- Receive documentation verifying volunteer hours for corporate employee giving programs (e.g. Dollars for Doers)
- Over the course of 6-7 months, commit to communicating once a week, meeting in-person once a month, and celebrating your mentee’s success during Year Up’s graduation
- Encourage continuous learning and problem solving, and support the development of a student’s growing professional skillset and network
- Bring a positive approach and desire to empower young adults to reach new levels of academic and career success
- Be an active member of the Year Up community by volunteering at events, mentoring current students, hosting an intern, hiring a graduate, or donating to close the Opportunity Divide
WHAT MENTORS BRING:
- The ability and desire to work with talented and motivated young adults (ages 18-24)
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by being open to diverse perspectives, values, and cultural experiences
- A positive attitude and good listening skills
- Patience, understanding, and a sense of humor
STEPS ON BECOMING A MENTOR:
- Step 1: Please fill out the YEAR UP CHICAGO MENTOR APPLICATION. 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 reach out to Chelsea Dennis to find a time to come learn more about our program: CDENNIS@YEARUP.ORG.
- Step 3: Mentors are matched twice a year in July and January. We are currently recruiting for the January 2020 cohort. Applications are due January 17th, 2020.