Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Our students are age 18-24 and have a high school diploma or GED but are otherwise disconnected from the economic mainstream, some of the 200,000 young adult New Yorkers who are out of school and out of work.
Mentoring is an integral part of the support we provide our students. Year Up carefully matches each student to a mentor who is a working professional about two months before the students begin their corporate internships.
Year Up provides an orientation and support to mentors and organizes events that mentors and mentees can attend together. Year Up uses the iMentor Interactive online system to match and monitor the mentor/mentee relationships. Mentors are matched to mentees of their same gender.
• Provide additional support as students transition from Year Up to their internship
• Encourage continuous learning and problem solving
• Assist in building and accessing professional networks
• Assist in reviewing resumes and college applications
The Benefits of being a Year Up Mentor
• Become a positive role model for a young adult entering the professional world
• Expand your social network by connecting with other Year Up mentors who have the same goals as you
• Be part of a dynamic non-profit organization that strives for excellence and produces social change
Expectations of a Year Up Mentor
• If a new volunteer, attend mandatory orientation
• Meet with your student at least one time per month for a minimum of 10 months
• Communicate weekly with your mentee using email and phone
• Provide feedback to Year Up staff about mentor relationship and any issues of concern
• Attend two gatherings with other Year Up mentors and staff
• Attend your student’s Year Up graduation
What makes a great Year Up Mentor?
• Ability and desire to work with young adults (ages 18-24) from diverse, urban backgrounds
• Positive attitude and good listening skills
• Willingness to share your knowledge and experiences
• Patience, understanding and a sense of humor
• Willingness to help make connections and build networks
If you would like to register, visit:
Click “Mentor” to start the process for the Spring 2011 Class
Register by April 8, 2011
For more information, contact:
(347) 296-0210 ext. 3130
55 Exchange Place, Suite #403
New York, New York 10005
Posted by: Matt Cronkite