Pay It Forward! Be a Mentor Coach with America Needs You - Illinois

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America Needs You

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America Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first generation college students. We do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development. Our flagship Fellows Program is a two-year, intensive mentoring and professional training program where first-generation students ("Fellows") are paired with young professional volunteers. We operate in California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.

Mentor Coach Volunteers develop a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a low-income, first-generation college student (Fellow), working with them at 28 professional development workshops to cultivate their strengths, interests, and passions into successful careers. Mentor Coaches prepare students for selective internships through a structured career development curriculum.

Time commitment: 1-2 Saturdays per month for 2 years

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Develop aone-on-one mentoring relationship with your Fellow and help them achieve their career ambitions
  • Build your own personal network as you work closely with highly accomplished professionals from a variety of industries
  • Gain access to exclusive professional development and social events
  • Serve as a role model and resource for your class of Mentor Coach/Fellow pairs
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  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Program Begins: July

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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
  • 1-2 Saturdays per month for 2 years
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