Pay It Forward! Be a Mentor Coach with America Needs You - California

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America Needs You

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America Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first generation college students. We do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development. Our flagship program is a two-year, intensive mentoring and professional training program where first-generation students ("Scholars") are paired with young professional volunteers. We operate in California, Illinois, New Jersey and New York.

Mentor Coach Volunteers develop a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a low-income, first-generation college student (Scholar), working with them at professional development workshops to cultivate their strengths, interests, and passions into successful careers in business, STEM, and healthcare. Mentor Coaches prepare students for selective internships through a structured career development curriculum.

Time commitment: Monthly in the summer and quarterly in the fall and spring (8 workshops per year for three years)

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Develop aone-on-one mentoring relationship with your Scholar and help them achieve their career ambitions
  • Build your own personal network as you work closely with highly accomplished professionals from a variety of industries
  • Gain access to exclusive professional development and social events
  • Serve as a role model and resource for your class of Mentor Coach/Scholar pairs

How to Apply:

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  • Email Betsaida at with any questions.
  • Application Deadline: May 31
  • Finalist Interviews: May and June
  • Notification of Acceptance: June
  • Program Begins: June

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Sat Jun 01, 2019 - Thu Jun 30, 2022


Various LocationsLos Angeles, CA 90013



  • Problem Solving
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Networking
  • Professional Development
  • Relationship Building




  • Orientation or Training
  • Eight Saturdays a year for three years
  • At least three years of professional experience

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