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LINK UNLIMITED SCHOLARS

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Our Scholars’ growth and future success is supported by the unique relationship between LINK Mentors and Scholars. We match civic-minded professionals across a wide range of industries-from education and business to finance and medicine-who all share one goal: to transform the lives of high-potential Black students in Chicago.

What does it mean to be a Link Mentor?

Our Mentors commit to guiding a Scholar for his or her entire fellowship. We provide training and resources to equip and support our Mentors in this vital piece of our four-year high school fellowship model.

As a LINK Mentor, you will:

  • Be a guide for your Scholar’s high school experience
  • Support your Scholar’s development and program participation
  • Increase your Scholar’s social equity through professional advice & networking

What do mentors do?

Our Mentors walk with their LINK Scholar along their entire journey through their four-year high school fellowship.

  1. Nurture your relationship with your Scholar

We recommend reaching out twice a month via phone, email, text, or video call and arranging at least four in-person engagements a year. In addition to the scholar’s parent or guardian, you will become an integral part of their educational ecosystem.

  1. Show your Scholar support by attending key LINK events

You’ll attend a Class Session, a College Fair, and an End of Year Celebration between September and June. You will also receive professional development training on mentoring best practices, equity and anti-racism, and civic engagement.

  1. Make a personal investment in your Scholar’s future

Giving your best financial gift towards Scholar programming is a mission critical component of the Mentor partnership. There is no gift amount too big or too small. Each year, you will give a tax-deductible donation to help support your Scholar’s success in the fellowship.

More opportunities with LINK UNLIMITED SCHOLARS

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About LINK UNLIMITED SCHOLARS

Location:

2221 S STATE ST, CHICAGO, IL 60616, US

Mission Statement

The mission of LINK Unlimited Scholars is to connect high potential Black high school students with mentors, resources and foundational skills required for success as they advance into, through and beyond college. Since 1966, we have successfully supported over 2,500 low- to moderate-income students. LINK Scholars are actively equipped with the knowledge, skills, resources and social equity that furthers college completion and career placement in order to increase the economic mobility and stability of Black students in Chicago and create a diverse leadership pipeline for our city.

Description

Our Scholars complete a four-year fellowship that includes academic enrichment, leadership development, career exposure, and college access to move them to, through, and beyond college. LINK offers the necessary backing to help close the opportunity gap and further ensure economic stability for our Scholars.

In addition to the four programmatic elements, our Scholars’ growth and future success is supported by the unique relationship between LINK Mentors and Scholars. We match civic-minded professionals across a wide range of industries-from education and business to finance and medicine-who all share one goal: to transform the lives of high-potential Black students in Chicago. Our Mentors commit to guiding a Scholar for his or her entire fellowship. We provide training and resources to equip and support our Mentors in this vital piece of our four-year high school fellowship model.

We are committed to the growth and development of our Mentors as they support our Scholars, and have ongoing workshops and networking opportunities designed to build their confidence and enhance their cultural competence. Our goals are that mentors are empowered to become advocates, allies and disruptors as they engage in this work, and are able to influence their wider ecosystem as we build a more equitable society.

Board Development
Education & Literacy
Race & Ethnicity

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

2221 South State StreetChicago, IL 60616

(41.85202,-87.62674)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Networking
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • Our Mentors walk with their LINK Scholar along their entire journey through their four-year high school fellowship.
  • We require Mentors to participate in workshops and development sessions throughout the course of the fellowship.

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