Want to work with high school students from across the city of Chicago to help them navigate the college access process? Enjoy creating a network with other like-minded adults that will support students to and through their first year of college?
Then you should become a Chicago Scholars Mentor!
Join us at our Chicago Scholars New Mentor Open House to learn more about becoming a mentor!
Chicago Scholars provides Chicago’s young leaders with the support they need to achieve their dreams through an innovative college access, success, and leadership development program. We serve students in under-resourced communities and nurture their talent through mentorship, college admissions support, college persistence, access to summer internships, and career development opportunities.
We are currently recruiting over 200 dynamic individuals to serve as mentors for our incoming college class of 2026. Through our innovative 2-year mentoring program, mentors provide support needed to successfully navigate the college admissions process and complete the first year of college.
With just a small investment of your time, you can help to change the lives of the future generations of Chicago’s leaders!
APPLY NOW! https://chicagoscholars.org/mentor
Complete an online application
Pass a background check
Attend New Mentor Training
Requirements to Become a Mentor:
Must be over 21 years of age
Have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree
Commit to mentoring for two years (Scholars’ senior year of high school & first year of college)
Commit to a minimum of three (3) hours a month in the first year
Commit to one (1) hour a month of virtual support for Scholars in the second year
Commit to at least one (1) face-to-face interaction with Scholars in the second year
Participate in Chicago Scholar's New Student Orientation (June 20, 2020)
Attend required training sessions (2 per year), 6 assigned workshops with Scholars in Year 1, and 2 required Mentor & Scholar events
Abide by the Chicago Scholars Mentor's Code of Conduct
If you have any questions, contact us at GetInvolved@ChicagoScholars.org.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Chicago Scholars
247 South State Street, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60604, US
Chicago uniquely select, train, and mentor academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities to complete college and become the next generation of leaders who will transform their neighborhoods and our city.
Chicago Scholars is transforming the leadership landscape of our city by resolving the fundamental barriers to success for academically driven, first generation college students from under-resourced communities. Through college counseling, mentoring, and by providing a supportive community to our Scholars through each phase of our program: College Access: Launch, College Persistence: Lift and College to Careers: Lead, we ensure that they realize their full potential as students and leaders.
All Chicago Scholars receive extensive college counseling, which helps them successfully enroll in best match & fit colleges, and are supported through the college transition process by their mentors and staff. 88% of Chicago Scholars graduate college within 6 years. Per the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, only 50% of their peers earn a degree within 6 years. Upon graduation, our Scholars move into leadership positions across Chicago, helping to drive the economic future of their communities and our thriving city.