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America Needs You

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Only 11% of low-income, first-generation college students are expected to earn bachelor’s degrees. You can help America Needs You (ANY) change this.

ANY fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first generation college students. We do this by providing a two-year, intensive mentoring and professional training program where first-generation students ("Fellows") are paired with young professional volunteers. We serve over 600 students and over 1,000 volunteers in California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.

As a volunteer, you will work alongside a student at career development workshops, bringing our best-in-class curriculum to life with your real world experiences and industry insight. Workshops take place on Saturdays and include trainings by our expert staff, hands-on activities to practice new skills, panels and presentations, leadership opportunities and group discussions.

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • BUILD a relationship with an ambitious, first-generation college student
  • NETWORK with accomplished professionals in diverse industries
  • STRENGTHEN your leadership and communication skills

Volunteer with ANY one-time or periodically as a Career Coach. To get started, complete the Volunteer Skills and Interests Survey:

Looking to make a deep impact and transform a student’s life? Volunteer as a Mentor Coach to work one-on-one with a Fellow for the full two years of their journey through the program. Mentor Coaches volunteer for 1-2 Saturdays per month for two years to cultivate a student’s interests, strengths and career path.

Apply to be a Mentor Coach here:

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About America Needs You


260 West 39th Street, Suite 701, New York, NY 10018, US

Mission Statement

America Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. We do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development. ANY operates in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California. Visit to learn more information.


America Needs You aims to build a movement of like-minded individuals who believe that one day there will be no barriers to economic mobility for students with ambition and ability. By mobilizing volunteers we will ensure that low-income and first-generation college students have the support, information and access necessary to realize their career aspirations.


Mon Jul 01, 2019 - Mon May 31, 2021


Various LocationsChicago, IL 60601



  • Mentoring
  • Networking
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship Building
  • Critical Thinking




  • Orientation or Training
  • 28 Saturday workshops over 2 years (for Mentor Coaches)
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