Getting into college is hard, but it can be even harder to get through college. Students benefit from the support of a caring adult who has been through college before and can offer perspective and advice. That’s the idea behind the College Now Mentoring Program, a virtual program that connects Say Yes and College Now scholarship recipients with mentors who have two- or four-year college degrees and can help guide students through their education journey.
Not sure what it takes to be a good mentor? No problem! College Now provides some basic training as well as an online platform that connects you with your mentee and helps guide your interactions with suggested talking points, support and event opportunities. The time commitment is relatively small, but the rewards are big. Mentoring is a great way to have an impact on an individual student’s life, and it also supports the success of Say Yes to Education Cleveland, a community-wide effort to help more Greater Cleveland students succeed in school and beyond.
Mentors have been especially important to help students navigate college during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has been difficult for college students, but mentors have helped many students stick with it through the uncertainty and unusual conditions. As a new class of graduates prepares for college, more mentors are needed to help them along their way.
College Now is seeking 850 mentors for the 2021-22 college scholarship recipients. On March 8, our community will celebrate Mentor Monday, a day when partners including College Now, WKYC-Channel 3, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Engage! Cleveland come together to spread the word about the value of mentoring. Tune in to WKYC on March 8 for special mentor-focused programming throughout the day.
If you sign up to become a mentor now through March 8, you will be invited to an exclusive Mentor Monday virtual reception on March 12. Learn more and sign up here.
If you’re already a mentor, encourage a colleague, friend or family member to consider the program. You can nominate someone to mentor here.
Contact Jabari Dorsey, Mentoring Program Manager, at email@example.com or 216.635.0268.