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518 ElevatED's Pathway to College program is a long-term college and career prep program that works with select, low-income students, beginning in 10th grade in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy High Schools to help them achieve their goals of higher education. A caring and committed adult can make a significant difference in the life of a student, increasing his or her chance of graduating from high school, completing college, and becoming economically self-sufficient.

A mentor is a supportive college-educated adult who serves as a role model, advocate, and cheerleader to one college-bound high school student. A mentor opens doors to new social, cultural, and educational experiences and provides professional networks. Each mentor is matched with an individual student beginning in 10th or 11th grade.

What is our current need?
We are currently looking for mentors to be matched with new students entering the program this fall.

How to apply?
Fill out an application online here: https://518elevated.org/mentor-application OR
email us at mentors@518elevated.org.

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About 518 ElevatED


1218 Central Avenue, Suite 203, Albany, NY 12205, US

Mission Statement

518 ElevatED's mission is to provide specialized programs, mentoring, professional guidance, and academic and financial support for qualifying high school students in the Capital Region. By assembling a network of business leaders, educational advocates, and dedicated volunteers, promising youth are provided opportunity and access to higher education that may be otherwise unavailable.


The vision of 518 ElevatED is that through the transformative power of education and mentorship, we will equip our students to navigate their world, leading to a more inclusive and equitable future.

As of 2022, we have supported more than 330 local students as they earned their college degrees, and we actively work with 86 high school students and more than 150 college students.

Our Scholars graduate from high school at a 99% rate versus a local average of 65% for the schools we serve. Seventy -five percent of our Scholars earn a college degree. This compares to 39.7% degree attainment for the same demographic nationally.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Albany, NY 12205






  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Mentors meet with students approximately 2-4 hours per month on their own in the community and connect via phone, text, or video chat in between meetings.
  • To qualify for our mentorship program, volunteers must have an associate degree or higher. To explore other volunteer opportunities outside of our mentorship program, email info@518elevated.org.

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