Chicago Scholars’ mentors guide Scholars through their first two years in our program. Mentors serve as valuable advisors, trusted friends and role models through the college admissions process, the transition from high school to college, and the first year on campus.
Mentors must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in any subject area.
Mentors commit to working with their Scholars through the first two years of Chicago Scholars’ programming.
Mentors meet with their Scholars at least once a month, though many check in more often and attend Chicago Scholars events with them.
Mentors receive training and guidance from Chicago Scholars staff along with monthly curriculum and important resources to help them with their role.
We have high standards for our mentors to ensure the safety and well-being of our Scholars. All mentors agree to show up for Scholars, honor their unique identities, seek help when they need it, and be honest and upfront with their Scholars. Click here to see the Chicago Scholars Core Values and Mentor Code of Conduct.
Mentors are introduced to staff and interact with them often. If you need support or advice, Chicago Scholars’ staff are ready and available to help.
Chicago Scholars uses a research-based curriculum to guide Scholars through the huge transition from high school to college. Mentors also have access to curriculum and resources through the Chicago Scholars mobile app, which helps keep Scholars on track.
Mentors attend training sessions that create space for them to share tips and best practices with their peers and provide them with the tools and resources needed to continually improve and support our Scholars in the areas they need it most.
Chicago Scholars uses technology to enhance our program and increase your impact as a mentor. Our Chicago Scholars Mobile App and CS Connect are online tools that provide mentors with resources and allow them to communicate with CS College Counselors and staff to track student progress.
Reach out to the Chicago Scholars mentoring team at email@example.com.
“The opportunity to engage as a mentor with deserving and talented Scholars at a formative stage in their lives is a special experience. Chicago Scholars’ values-based playbook is rich with content and provides an excellent guidepost for the college selection process. Working alongside the seasoned staff and my dynamic co-mentors, I’m able to leverage my personal experience and together we help set the path for the scholars to become future leaders in college, career and community. Based on my experience the last two years, the outcomes are exceptionally rewarding.”
“Volunteering as a mentor with Chicago Scholars has been incredibly rewarding. I enjoy uplifting my Scholars and providing them with the support they need to achieve their academic goals. As a mentor, I witness my Scholars grow as they transition from their senior year of high school to their first year of college, all while collaborating with my amazing co-mentors. I have learned so much from my Scholars and they truly inspire me. I can confidently say that I have grown as an individual since I’ve begun working with my Scholars and I am honored to be one of their mentors.”
“As I reflect on my experience as an undocumented, first-generation student, I know I wouldn’t have been as successful without the mentors in my life. From figuring out where I could go to college as an undocumented person, to assisting me with my questions, providing invaluable opportunities while a college student, and actively providing career advice, my mentors have always been there for me. Hence, mentorship has been a blessing and a key ingredient to my success. That’s why I decided to become a Chicago Scholars mentor. To pay it forward so we can assist in shaping these Scholars to become the future leaders of Chicago.”
Mentoring is the cornerstone of our program! Every mentor we recruit increases our impact and allows us to serve more Scholars. Nominate a friend, family member, or colleague to join the team as a Chicago Scholars mentor.
The Mentor Application is open! If you’d like to be a mentor for our Class of 2028, click the link below.