The mentor program is part of the core program mode at Year Up Greater Philadelphia and Wilmington. Being a mentor means providing professional advice, career and educational planning support, and networking opportunities. It is an especially personal way to impact a young adult’s life!
"Having Christy Strawbridge as my mentor has been a true blessing. She is extremely smart, charismatic, humble, driven, generous, supportive, and always has a positive attitude. Christy focused on both my professional life and my personal life - she saw me as a real person and treated me like a friend. She is a strong role mode l, and I can’t thank her enough for all that she has done for me." Yeny Arango, Class of January 2014
All of our mentors must be able to make the commitment to spend regular, consistent time with their Year Up mentee for one year. Mentors must have at least 4 years of professional work experience. Every mentor is required to attend mentor orientation after being matched with a mentee, and is encouraged to attend the in-person and webinar training sessions throughout the year. Our students are currently taking classes in IT and Business.
Expectations for Mentors:
-You are committed as a mentor for 12 months starting in May. The program is focused on professional development for your mentee.
-Once matched, you’d meet in person with your mentee every other week for three months to establish a strong relationship.
-After you have been working together for three months, you’d meet in person every 3-4 weeks.
-You would communicate weekly via text, phone, or email throughout your match
-We encourage you to participate in ongoing online and in-person trainings that we will offer during your time as a mentor.
Interested parties should complete this application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/phlwilmentor. For additional information, please email Brittaney Shade at BShade@yearup.org