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College Prep Mentor - HS Senior - Spring 2024

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ORGANIZATION: South Bronx United

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The SBU academy is an after-school youth development academic program that aims to provide student-athletes with a comprehensive pathway from middle school through high school and college, ultimately preparing them for successful careers. The program focuses on academic support, social-emotional learning (SEL), and college and career development, equipping student-athletes with the necessary tools for their future success.

As an SBU College Prep Mentor, the main objective is to equip program youth with the necessary resources and support to graduate high school and pursue higher education successfully. Mentors are paired with 2-3 SBU high school seniors, guiding them through the college application process.


Wednesdays, 5:45 - 7:15 pm, September - June


Bronx Legacy High School

730 Concourse Village West, Floor 2

Bronx, New York 10451


Mentors are asked to commit to one evening a week for 2 hours for the entirety of the school year (Sept-June). However, if a mentor would like to be more involved, he/she is always welcome.


The primary focus of SBU’s college prep mentors is to assist seniors with:

  • College List: Mentors help seniors create a well-rounded college list that aligns with their interests, goals, and preferences. By considering factors such as academic programs, campus culture, location, and extracurricular opportunities.
  • Personal Statements: Mentors help students craft compelling personal statements that showcase their unique experiences, strengths, and aspirations. Through brainstorming sessions, editing drafts, and providing feedback, mentors guide students in creating impactful essays highlighting their individuality and potential.
  • Financial Aid: Understanding the financial aspect of attending college is essential for many students. Mentors provide guidance on navigating the complex world of financial aid options such as scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. Mentors also assist students in completing financial aid applications accurately.
  • Positive Role Model: Mentors serve as a positive role model for program youth by promoting the importance of education. Mentors inspire and motivate SBU seniors to pursue higher education opportunities while providing guidance along the way.


  • Writing Skills: Mentors assist students with their personal statements, supplemental essays, and other written components of their college applications. Mentors should be able to communicate ideas clearly, demonstrate proper grammar and mechanics, organize thoughts effectively, encourage creativity within academic boundaries, provide constructive feedback on drafts, and conduct research.
  • Strong Communication Skills: As a mentor, you will need excellent communication skills to guide and support program youth effectively. You should be able to listen actively, demonstrate empathy, and provide clear instructions and feedback.
  • Patience and Empathy: Mentoring involves working closely with individuals who may face various challenges during the college application process. Having patience, effective problem-solving skills, and empathy will enable you to navigate these challenges together successfully.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Being sensitive to diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences is crucial as it allows mentors to understand each student's unique needs, perspectives, and challenges. This sensitivity helps create an inclusive environment where all students feel supported.
  • Reliable & Responsible: Commitment to attending mentoring sessions consistently and being punctual.


College Prep training will cover the program's goals, objectives, and key components, such as personal statements, college lists, and financial aid assistance. Mentors will also learn about the college admissions process and effective mentoring techniques. Additionally, cultural competency training may be provided to ensure mentors can support a diverse group of students.


College Prep Mentors make a positive impact on the lives of program participants. Mentors experience personal fulfillment and build meaningful relationships. Mentors have the opportunity to witness high school seniors grow and help them overcome challenges while guiding them toward higher education.


Beyond mentoring, mentors in the SBU Academy are encouraged to engage with the program participants who are also members of the South Bronx United Travel Soccer Teams. Mentors are welcome to attend games or get involved in practices, as these youth have a strong passion for the sport. Connecting with them through soccer provides an additional avenue to build relationships and further support their development.

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  • evening / 05:45 PM to 07:15 PM

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About South Bronx United


814 River Ave, Suite 2-3, Bronx, NY 10451, US

Mission Statement

South Bronx United uses soccer as a vehicle for social change. South Bronx United aims to help youth build character, teamwork, and leadership so that they can succeed in high school, college, careers, their community and beyond. South Bronx United strives to promote educational achievement, health and wellness, and character development through activities on and off the soccer field and to UNITE a diverse group of individuals and an incredibly diverse community toward common positive goals.


South Bronx United is a youth development organization dedicated on serving the South Bronx through education, mentoring, and soccer programs. Our goal is use the sport and the strength of mentoring to help boys and girls, ages 4-19, develop as leaders and scholars.


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


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730 Concourse Village WestFloor 3Bronx, NY 10451



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  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training

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