Seven Tepees Youth Program is a nonprofit, community based organization that provides comprehensive youth development and college access and persistence services to over 1,000 youth annually through two programs: The Learning Center and The College & Career Program. Our Learning Center works with low income middle and high school students as well as recent college graduates for a period of more than ten years - spanning middle school and high school graduation into the first few years of college or career - offering academic support and guidance, college and career advising, environmental education, mentoring, job training and counseling. Our College and Career Program at Mission High School, a public school serving predominantly low income and first generation students, includes college and career advising, scholarship assistance, scholarships, test preparation support and college application assistance. Seven Tepees has an annual operating budget of approximately $1 million and inhabits the top floor of a building owned by the organization.
The mission of Seven Tepees is to work with urban youth to foster the skills they need to make lifelong positive choices and to create their own opportunities for success. Founded in 1995 by retired Juvenile Justice Daniel Weinstein and Native American healer Hully Fetico, Seven Tepees began as a summer camp where youth lived in seven tepees - one representing each continent of the world.
Volunteers make Seven Tepees Youth Program possible, as we rely on your support to offer students every opportunity available.
In their 7th grade year, Seven Tepees students are paired with an adult volunteer mentor as part of the ten-year youth development program. While the mentor commitment is one year, the hope is mentor-mentee pairs will continue a long-lasting relationship beyond the structured program.
As a mentor, you will be a role model to a youth who will benefit from long-term one-on-one support from a caring adult. Mentors and youth participate in a wide range of activities together including Seven Tepees events, community service projects and planning expeditions on your own.
The 2016-2017 calendar of mentor events is available now:
Thursday, 10/13: Mentor Social (Mentors only )
Saturday, 10/22 - Sunday, 10/23: Kayaking Overnight
Thursday, 11/17: Games & Goals Night
Saturday, 12/10: Rope’s Course
Saturday, 1/21: Mentor Conference
Thursday, 2/9: Mentor Challenge
6 month check-in with Mentor Coordinator
Independent Outing in March: Community Service Project
Saturday, 4/22: BBQ & Rox
Saturday, 5/13: Scavenger Hunt
June, TBD: Giants Game
Saturday, 8/5 - Sunday, 8/6: Closing Retreat
Mentors are required to meet their mentee twice per month for one academic year (September 2016 to June 2017). We are looking for individuals who will gain the satisfaction of forming a new friendship and support a youth as they set both academic and personal goals for their future.
Age requirement: 21
Commitment: 2 outings/month for one year
Mentor training will scheduled by the Mentor Program Coordinator based on the potential mentor's availability
Must provide (2) references
Must provide a copy of car insurance if you have a vehicle
- Outdoor Recreation
- Teaching / Instruction
- Youth Services
- General Education
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 2 outings per month, plus academic calendar
- Must provide (2) references and provide a copy of car insurance if you have a vehicle