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Peninsula College Fund


The Peninsula College Fund is recruiting volunteers to serve as one-to-one mentors to a new class of talented first-generation college students. Mentors are supportive professionals that provide guidance, support, networking, and positive role modeling to a student throughout their entire college career. Learn more about this life-changing experience at: www.peninsulacollegefund.org/what-we-do/mentoring/

Mentor Requirements:

  • Have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience, and have a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Commit to supporting first-gen college students from historically underrepresented communities (e.g Undocumented, DACA, LGBTQ+, etc).
  • Commit to a mentor relationship for four years or until graduation
  • An average of 2-3 hours monthly to mentoring
  • Provide mentee with academic and social/emotional support, and career guidance
  • Submit a monthly update to PCF
  • Participate in at least one training every year
  • Adhere to a strict confidentiality agreement
  • Attend PCF Awards Ceremony, Summer 2020
  • Attend New Mentor Orientation, Summer 2020

About the Recruitment Process:

  • Complete the Mentor Application: PCF reviews this information to learn more about you and your desire to mentor (and may use this information for matching purposes). You will be asked to submit contact information for 2 references, who will be automatically contacted via email for their submission. Deadline to apply: April 3, 2020 http://bit.ly/PCFMentorApp
  • Interview: Candidates selected to advance in the process will be invited to an in-person, 1 hour interview at our office in Milpitas.
  • Application Review & Background Check: PCF reviews all application & interview materials. Candidates selected to advance in the process will be contacted to begin a background check.
  • Final Status: Once PCF has received background check results, staff informs the candidate of their final status in the application process.
  • Matching: Mentor recruitment happens on a rolling basis. However, matching will not occur until May/June 2020.

Questions? Email us at pcfprograms@gmail.com or sign up for our informational webinars hosted every 3rd Monday of the month at noon here: http://bit.ly/PCFwebinar

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About Peninsula College Fund


526 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA 95035, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower low-income, first generation college students to graduate and obtain a job that aligns with their career goals.


Our comprehensive program includes four key components:

Scholarships: Each student receives a scholarship of $3,000/year for all four years of college. Our goal is to provide scholars with the necessary funds to allow them to attend the college that is the best fit academically, financially, and socially.

One-to-One Mentoring: We carefully match each scholar with one caring adult who provides support, counsel, friendship, networking, and positive role modeling to help each student complete college. We provide our mentors with on-going training and continuously evaluate and improve our mentoring program. Our goals are to help fill the gaps in knowledge about the college experience that first-generation college students often experience, and provide the support and example that enable our scholars to overcome the challenges on the path to graduation.

Summer Internships: We identify and develop paid and volunteer summer internships for our scholars. Our goals are to expose our students to different career opportunities, help them network for post-graduation careers, and earn income to assist in financing their education.

College Success Workshops: We provide all students with targeted, in-depth workshops to give them the tools for college completion and career readiness. Our goal is to build knowledge and peer support to prepare scholars in each year of college.

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Sobrato Center for Nonprofits526 Valley WayMilpitas, CA 95035



  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Community Outreach
  • Relationship Building
  • Professional Development
  • Basic Computer Skills




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • An average of 2-3 hours monthly time commitment for at least four years.

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