Volunteer online and change a life!
Generation to Generation is a five-year campaign to mobilize 1 million people over 50 to stand up for kids and, in turn, show what’s possible when people across generations work together. Powered by Encore.org and Strive for College, this campaign will highlight opportunities for older adults to make a difference in the lives of young people by becoming Strive online mentors. Mentors provide guidance to high school students through the college application process.
Strive for College is unwavering in its commitment to the well-being of our students. Accordingly, we ask that all volunteer mentors agree to and cover the cost of the background check that we run, so that we can ensure that our students have a tremendous and enriching experience working with their mentor. Gen 2 Gen users receive 50% off by using the Promo Code "StriveOn," so be sure to use the code on the Background Check Fee tab.
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Questions & Answers for Mentors
What is Strive for College?
Strive for College is a leading national nonprofit that uses cutting-edge technology to improve college access for students. Strive’s college mentoring system is an online platform that connects high school juniors & seniors with a mentor and provides guidance through the college admissions & financial aid process.
How does it work?
Trained volunteer mentors provide students with one-on-one advising throughout the school year, following a structured mentoring curriculum. Students and mentors can connect anytime, anywhere using safe, monitored communications tools like video chat and instant messaging. Task management tools track important deadlines, and scheduling features keep sessions organized and productive.
> A college education is the most consistent way to break the cycle of income inequality. As a mentor, your guidance can deliver the pivotal difference in someone’s life.
> Mentors gain quality experience with leadership, education and emerging technology.
> Helping make college possible for someone will make a lifetime of difference.
Does it work?
Yes! In 2015:
- 99% of Strive students went on to college
- 78% went to a four-year college or university
- 89% of Strive students required no debt for tuition
Why is online mentoring important?
Mentors help open doors to higher education for high school students by advising them through the college selection, admissions and financial aid process. Mentors help students stay on track and accountable to meet deadline, provide encouragement and guidance, and help students make informed decisions.
Each year hundreds of thousands of academically qualified high school students don’t continue on to college after graduation, simple due to a lack of college guidance in high school. A game-changer for college access, Strive has the only all-in-one platform custom-built for online college mentoring.
Applying to college, and choosing one that is a good fit, not to mention paying for it all require good information and guidance. Online mentoring bridges the information gap.
Who is qualified to be a mentor?
Strive mentors are college students and community professionals who are committed to supporting students through the college application and enrollment process. They are trained by Strive for College to ensure quality mentoring.
Mentoring sessions are guided by Strive’s college guidance curriculum. Mentors do not need to have a background in education or mentoring to participate; all the training and resources are provided.
What is required of a mentor?
Mentors must complete online training by Strive. Once matched, mentors make a weekly commitment to meet with their mentee. Meetings are online, through webcam and chat. Our program is designed to work with the busy schedules of mentors and their students. Sessions last up to an hour, and happen about once per weeks. Just like the online training course, mentors and mentees work through modules covering each step of the college process.
How do mentors know what to say to a student mentee?
That’s where the platform comes in, as it guides mentors each step of the way. They can also access the community section to see what other mentors are working on, have questions answered, and share their own ideas with the community.
I'm interested in becoming a mentor. What's next?
After you sign up, you must successfully pass background checks before being invited to participate. Next, you are asked to complete an online training course covering curriculum, resources and mentoring guidelines. The online course takes about an hour to complete. Additional resources and support are available, if needed. After completing training, you will be actively matched with students, and once a student selects you as their mentor, the mentoring relationship begins.
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