Become an Academic Mentor at Wilder Middle School


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


6900 Wilkinson RoadRichmond, VA 23227


Higher Achievement is recruiting volunteer Academic Mentors to teach a small group of 5th - 8th graders in a core academic subject: math, literature, or an elective seminar.

We provide comprehensive training, curriculum, and support. You bring commitment and a love of learning!

WHEN: One night per week, Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm, for 27 weeks (October - May)

WHERE: Wilder Middle School

HOW: Copy and Paste the link below to fill out an application to help close the middle school achievement gap.

Contat us directly: Marcos Martinez - Volunteer Coordinator / 804-385-6598

With the help of Academic Mentors, 95% of Higher Achievement scholars advance to top academic high school programs and 93% graduate from college.

Help prepare Richmond youth in underserved neighborhoods to be on the college track by the 8th grade.

"I feel so fortunate to be a part of Higher Achievement. I have gained valuable insight in to the problems facing teachers and students in Richmond. More importantly, I know I am making a difference in scholars' lives, and it is one of the most rewarding and satisfying things I have ever done. Hearing one of my scholars say "She is a good mentor, she makes me happy." was one of the most touching things anyone has ever said about me! "

- Allison, Northside Mentor

Higher Achievement closes a persistent opportunity gap for middle school students in at-risk communities by providing rigorous afterschool and summer academic training within a culture of high expectations. This fall we will begin our third Afterschool Academy with a 70% increase in the number of young scholars participating in four middle schools in Richmond and Henrico.


  • Mentoring
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy / Reading
  • STEM
  • Reading / Writing
  • Tutoring

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 NIGHT - Mon, Tues, or Thurs from 5:30 - 7:30pm

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