Business Mentor: Help underrepresented young adult entrepreneurs build their business

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Volunteer Position: Business Mentor

Do you want to help underrpresented young entrepreneurs make their business idea a reality?

To become a business advisor, go to to join!

Your work will directly impact the lives of under-served young adults (ages 18 to 29), helping them create new economic opportunities. The impact of micro business ownership is huge - you will enable young people to create a new source of income, develop marketable skills and enhance their sense of empowerment and dignity.

Youth Business USA is a 501(3)c non-profit that helps underrepresented young adults 18-29 connect with advisors and mentors who can help them through their entrepreneurial journey.

We use our digital platform at to get to know our volunteer business advisors & mentors and make high quality matches with underserved young entrepreneurs.

On, we're looking for business mentors, advisors and subject matter experts (i.e. web consultants/developers, lawyers, accountants, etc.) who want to work with underserved, young entrepreneurs. Effective mentors are great communicators with excellent listening and coaching skills who can strengthen our young peoples' business acumen.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with and coaching our young entrepreneurs through their business journey,
  • Building their confidence and developing their capacity to launch and sustain their enterprise to maximize their chances of success,
  • Drawing support from colleagues and others in the mentor's community to provide the entrepreneur needed information, support, and access to resources where needed


Mentors usually work with one young entrepreneur at a time, supporting them in a combination of in-person and virtual forums depending upon what is needed.

Mentoring sessions usually last ~1hr and take place in-person two to four times a month. After the first month, mentors can continue meeting , either in-person or virtually (phone or video chat).

Mentors and young entrepreneurs both intend to work together for 12 months after an initial trial period, but can end their matches at any time.

  • Ability to quickly create a trusting relationship founded on the right intentions, recognizing the respect you show to your young entrepreneur and the confidence our young people place in you.

  • A strong belief in and demonstrated alignment with YBUSA’s social mission, and an interest in small business development.

  • Patience and empathy to "get in the shoes" of our young entrepreneurs, identifying and providing the support that they need when they need it.

  • Ability to appropriately break down business strategy and effectively communicate with young entrepreneurs, while understanding your role as a mentor, not an owner.

  • Mindset: Personable, high-energy, innovative, creative, outside-the-box, analytical, emotionally intelligent, supportive.

You can learn more here:

Please contact Robin at 510-517-7308 or for more information! We would love to hear from you.

To become a business advisor, go to to join!

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We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Mentoring
  • Business Development & Sales Management
  • Financial Literacy
  • Business Development
  • Professional Development
  • Youth Services




  • Must be at least 26
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies: Approximately 4 hrs/month
  • Have entrepreneurship experience, and a strong interest in supporting underrepresented young adults

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