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Become a Mentor with LINK Unlimited Scholars!

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  • 2 people are interested

We connect Black students with resources and opportunities that strengthen the necessary skills to succeed as they advance to, through, and beyond college.


LINK Mentors commit to supporting our Scholars to, through, and beyond college by becoming an integral part of their LINK fellowship. Our Mentors participate in LINK-organized trainings and events. They introduce their Scholar to their networks and regularly communicate and meet up with their them throughout the calendar year.

Benefits of Mentoring with LINK
While many initially become a LINK Mentor as a way to give back, the experience is more than that. Our Mentors find that they receive an abundance of unexpected personal benefits, such as:

Greater self-confidence, A lifelong friendship, An expanded network, Increased patience, Feelings of effectiveness & purpose, Increased cultural sensitivity, Fulfillment of personal values, Better handling of challenging situations, Personal growth

  • College Degree
  • 1+ Years of professional experience
  • Pass a background check
Mentor Interest to Match Timeline
  • Express Interest
  • Submit Application
  • Schedule an Mentor Interview
  • Submit background check through Sterling Volunteers
  • New Mentor Onboarding!!
    • New Mentor Training (August)
    • Mentor & Mentee Match Event (September)

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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.


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.


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


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2221 South State StreetChicago, IL 60616



  • Mentoring
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Networking
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • LINK Mentors are assigned to a Mentee for 3 years of their fellowship. During that 3 years we ask that you and your Mentee; meet in person 4 times per year and connect 2 times per month.
  • Mentor focused workshops and events that are hosted throughout the course of the fellowship.

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