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Be a College Prep Mentor for Juniors in HS!

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Manny Cantor Center

  • 12 people are interested

Empower a young person to make the best college choice and achieve life goals by becoming a virtual College Prep Mentor for a HS Junior! Help them to start getting ready to complete their college applications!


This program focuses and motivates students towards achieving their learning goals, whether that be a four year college or university or a vocational or technical school. With a combination of age appropriate and appealing college access activities, and consistent encouragement, youth have the tools and resources they need to succeed personally and academically. For the first time, we are pairing mentors with Juniors in High School during their spring semester to help encourage students, and get them starting on preparing for the college application process.


  • Work one-on-one with a student as they navigate the preparations for the college application process before entering their senior year. Students are typically from low income and/or 1st generation households with different support numbers, and at different part of the process.
  • Help your mentee with creating their college list, writing their personal statement, and researching and reviewing scholarship options
  • Serve as a role model, providing guidance and support
  • Commit to attending each weekly mentor session from 5pm-6pm on Wednesdays, beginning February 3rd, 2021 and ending June 2 nd, 2021 with the hope that you and your mentee will agree together to continue on during their senior year.
  • There will also be a mandatory orientation on January 29th at 5:30pm. You will also receive a curriculum to support you.
  • Create a long-lasting, meaningful relationship that introduces your mentee to new experiences
  • There will also be formal opportunities in the spring to stay connected with your mentee through college readiness and career awareness activities.


  • Fill out our volunteer application here: http://cerv.is/m?0038gbJjwzW
  • Brief phone call screening with member of volunteer team
  • Prospective mentors will need to have a phone or virtual interview with the College Prep Director to be considered
  • Complete our Mentor Matching Questionnaire that the students to assist in matching process
  • To ensure the safety and security of all program participants you will be required to submit to a background check


  • You have experience and/or interest working with college bound students
  • You are passionate about building a strong working relationship with youth.
  • You want the opportunity to be a positive and consistent role model and make a difference in the life of a young person
  • You are have a device that connects to the internet with a camera
  • You are available to commit to every Wednesday from 5-6PM

About Edgies Teen Program

The Edgies Teen Center is committed to empowering New York City teens ages 13-18, ensuring that they have the skills, resources, and opportunities to achieve their full potential. While in our program, Edgies teens receive individual guidance from highly-qualified staff as well as access to immersive professional studios, academic enrichment including college prep, sports and recreation activities, and leadership development programs. Currently the program is being offered in a limited capacity virtually.

About Changemakers

Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center-a vibrant and diverse community center on the Lower East Side-has ongoing, recurring, and one-time volunteer roles that provide meaningful support to our critical programs. We are a Certified Service Enterprise, meaning we strategically engage volunteers’ time and talent to fulfill our mission. As a volunteer you are a Changemaker, joining a movement of engaged New Yorkers taking action to strengthen the Lower East Side .

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About Manny Cantor Center



Mission Statement

We are a new hub for the Lower East Side, a cultural and community center that is committed to bringing together our vibrant and diverse neighborhood. Our newly-renovated space offers award-winning programs, critical services and exciting events for toddlers, teens, young adults, and older adults of all backgrounds.


Our commitment to the diversity of the Lower East Side is reflected in our programming: Head Start classrooms sit alongside our private preschool; the Weinberg Center for Balanced Living creates community for older adults of all backgrounds and abilities; our fitness center is utilized by neighborhood residents of all ethnicities, income levels, and ages through an innovative tiered membership model. The Educational Alliance Art School uses the study and mastery of fine arts to forge connections between students and master teachers. Afterschool programs serve community needs for recreation, fitness, education, and college preparation. Community and cultural programming invites deep conversation and calls to action.

The Manny Cantor Center is the flagship building of Educational Alliance, a community-based organization offering a wide range of programs that integrate education, social services, arts and recreation throughout the Lower East Side and East Village. Created to assist Eastern European Jews immigrating to NYC, it has been serving the area since 1889. Educational Alliance has grown and changed as the Lower East Side has; now serving the diverse population that currently resides here.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Mentoring
  • Relationship Building
  • Tutoring
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Reading / Writing




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Wednesdays from 5-6pm

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