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ORGANIZATION: Alray Scholars

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
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About the Alray Scholars Program:

The Alray Scholars Program envisions a day when all Boston students will have access to the financial, academic, and emotional support they need to enroll in college, graduate, and be economically self-sufficient. To that end, we give students a second chance at college through scholarships, mentoring, and career services. We help students who suffered setbacks on their first try at college with building a support system and overcoming hurdles to earn their degrees. To date, Alray has supported 68 students with crossing the finish line to earn their college degrees, and ultimately, attain rewarding careers.

About the Role of the Volunteer Mentor:

The Alray Scholars Program is looking for caring, responsible, adult volunteers who can serve as trusted friends, advisors, and advocates to Alray Scholars. As a mentor, you would support a scholar in developing important academic and life skills, identifying useful resources, making positive life decisions, and ultimately earning an Associate, Bachelor, or vocational degree.

We have found that when students are able to develop a strong relationship with a caring mentor, and know they have a reliable advocate in their corner, they feel better equipped to surmount the hurdles that come their way, and make sound decisions about their future. In many cases, mentoring can be even more valuable to students than scholarship money.


Being a mentor in the Alray Scholars Program requires that you:

  • Commit to working with one scholar for a minimum of one year
  • Attend orientation and training session(s)
  • Meet with your scholar once a month
  • Maintaining contact by connecting an additional 1-2 times in between meetings
  • Listen and provide encouragement, direction, and support
  • Empower your scholar to self-advocate within the academic environment
  • Help set academic and career goals
  • Check in with Alray staff and provide short progress reports 1-3 times/year

While we ask our mentors for an initial one-year commitment, we hope that you and your scholar will bond over the course of the year and that the relationship will continue until the scholar finishes their educational program. Many mentors and mentees build a bond that extends beyond the length of the program.

Alray staff are easily accessible and available to provide support to mentors at every step of the way. We provide regular check-ins throughout the year, as well as periodic group mentor meetings and training sessions. Mentors are encouraged to share their ideas and experiences to provide feedback for improving the program.

What Makes a Successful Volunteer Mentor

We’re always looking for volunteers to mentor future Alray scholars. Our most successful mentors are reliable adults who align with the following:


  • Have some college experience
  • Are dedicated to their scholar, whether that’s for one year or longer
  • Are committed to the program’s policy of open communication, with staff and with their scholar
  • Are proactive and skilled in problem solving
  • Display empathy and are sensitive to the needs and diverse backgrounds of our scholars
  • Have a passion for supporting adult students who are navigating the higher education landscape

How to Become a Volunteer Mentor

  • Submit an online application , which includes a few short-responses and a request for 2 references
  • An Alray staff member will reach out to schedule a call to get to know you better

More opportunities with Alray Scholars

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Alray Scholars

Location:

PO Box 960400, Boston, MA 02196, US

Mission Statement

High school students from the inner city often have to navigate a minefield of obstacles and distractions to get to college. But once they get on campus, too many find that their college careers can be easily derailed, sometimes as a result of small missteps that can cascade into something far more serious. Without strong support systems in place to help these students recover, many who leave the college path find it extremely difficult to get back on it.

The Alray Taylor Second Chance scholarship is designed for precisely that kind of student: A promising individual from Boston who had the smarts and drive to overcome hurdles and get to college but who needs some crucial assistance in finding a way back there.

The Second Chance referred to in the name of the fund encompasses more than just financial assistance. Each scholarship recipient is teamed with a dedicated mentor to offer guidance and support, with the goal of helping the student avoid the missteps of the past and expand his/her horizons. The recipients will also become part of a Second Chance community, helping to mentor those who follow.

Description

Alray Scholars is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that fundraises to provide scholarships to Boston public high school graduates who have left college, but who are committed to returning to school to obtain their college degree. Alray Scholars also matches scholarship recipients with mentors who meet regularly with the students to guide, advise and encourage them.

The fund is designed to help meet a need highlighted in the book THE ASSIST: Hoops, Hope, and The Game of Their Lives (www.theassist.net) by Neil Swidey. One of the book’s central themes is that while urban students can often reach great heights, thanks to their own talents and the support of dedicated people around them, they are usually afforded far fewer second chances when things don’t go as planned.

The scholarship is named after Alray Taylor, a warm-hearted former basketball star at Boston’s Charlestown High School and Division I college scholarship athlete whose life was tragically cut short in 2006.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Education & Literacy
Employment
Community, Education & Literacy, Employment

WHEN

Fri Jul 01, 2022

WHERE

P.O.Box 960400Boston, MA 02196

(42.360,-71.060)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Adult Education

GOOD FOR

  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Orientation or Training

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