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College Essay Coaching: Help a high school student to write their college essay! (Hybrid)

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ORGANIZATION: First Graduate

College Essay Coaching

Come join us for one of our most popular volunteer experiences! College Essay Coaches will receive essay writing training and then work with a high school senior one-on-one for four weeks to help a student develop, write, and edit their college essays. College essays are a critical part of the college application process and can make a tremendous difference in the student's ability to submit top-notch applications. We are looking for volunteers who have a strong writing background, knowledge, or previous experience in college essay writing and are enthusiastic about building a one-on-one relationship with one of our high school seniors. All volunteers will need to be based in the USA!

Next, ALL prospective volunteers should fill out our sign-up form at https://forms.gle/uNAJ5gCZa7nrWqYr7 A background check is required by Law.

Please complete the form before EOD, on Thursday, September 21st, and if you are a 1st-time volunteer, a Background check will be required (based on California's law).

Time Commitment:
● Attend a Virtual College Application Training (Mandatory)
Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2022, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST

You can choose to attend virtually (over Zoom) or in person (FG office 2973 16th St, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103)

To meet our students and coaches needs, college essay sessions will be broken into two
different groups. Interested volunteers should sign up for the group that best fits their schedule:

Group A: Tuesdays (In-Person Coaching sessions at First Graduate @ 2973 16th St, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103)
■ 1st: Tuesday, Oct 3rd, 5:30-7:30 pm pst
■ 2nd: Tuesday, Oct 10th, 5:30-7:30 pm pst
■ 3rd: Tuesday, Oct 17th, 5:30-7:30 pm pst (Final Session)


Group B: Thursdays (Virtual coaching sessions over Zoom)

■ 1st: Wednesday, Oct 4th, 5:30-7:30 pm pst
■ 2nd: Wednesday, Oct 11th, 5:30-7:30 pm pst
■ 3rd: Wednesday, Oct 18th, 5:30-7:30 pm pst (Final Session)

In order for coaches to fully support our students with college essays, commitment to all of the sessions in your group (group A or B) is required.

Finally, email Yoselin Gonzalez at volunteer@firstgraduate.org if you have any questions.

For more info here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Oe86G38qfsa9llm6u7RP0PNGx8LFUKte-zFM8_YzowE/edit

We'll review responses and pick our best-qualified volunteers to work with our students!

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About First Graduate


2973 16th Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103, US

Mission Statement

First Graduate's mission is to help students finish high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college ready to pursue meaningful careers. We make a 10-year commitment to students, starting the summer after sixth grade through college graduation.


First Graduate supports students through a comprehensive set of services, including academic instruction, tutoring and support during an intensive summer program and after school during the academic school year. The program also offers high school and college counseling, mentoring with a college graduate, family engagement activities, career exploration activities, and college scholarships.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Employment


Tue Sep 26, 2023 - Wed Oct 25, 2023
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Mentoring
  • Copy Writing / Copy Editing
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Reading / Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • General Education


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • You can choose 2 hours every Tuesday (in-person) for 4 weeks in October or 2 hours every Thursday (virtual) for 4 weeks in October. The mandatory training session is on Sept 26th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST, and you can attend virtually.
  • Essay coaches must have a college degree.

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