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

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 an 8-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 student

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

Become a mentor

  • Inspire, and be inspired by, motivated young people looking for a way to break through.
  • Provide essential, consistent support to a Year Up student while they train for a career.
  • Commit to weekly phone calls, and monthly in-person meetings, as a trusted business resource.
  • Support the development of a student’s growing professional skills and network.
  • Celebrate your mentee at an inspiring, one-of-a-kind Year Up graduation.