Guide a young adult to success.

"Year Up provides a unique opportunity not only for disconnected young adults but also for volunteers. Mentoring has empowered me to help address the Opportunity Divide that exists in our communities, and my involvement has been the most rewarding volunteering experience that I've ever had."

Tim Houghton, Year Up Bay Area Mentor

Year Up creates a supportive community for our students—and we're always looking for new faces to help. A mentorship is an especially personal way to impact a young adult's life.

As a mentor to a Year Up student, you'll have a unique opportunity to help young adults navigate new experiences and shape their careers. It's your chance to inspire—and be inspired by—motivated, up and-coming talent in the workforce. You'll also have opportunities to network with like-minded professionals.

What's Involved:

  • Email or call your mentee once a week
  • Meet face-to-face with your mentee once a month for an 8-month period
  • Assist in building and accessing professional networks and in reviewing resumes and college forms
  • Encourage continuous learning and problem solving
  • Attend the Year Up graduation and recognize your student

What mentors bring:

  • The ability and desire to work with young adults (ages 18-24) from diverse urban backgrounds
  • A positive attitude and good listening skills
  • The willingness to share your knowledge and experiences
  • Patience, understanding, and a sense of humor

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"Having that door open for you and knowing that all you need to do is step through it is what Year Up provided for me. Without that bridge, I wouldn't have been able to anything as far as professional careers go."

Hassan Anjum
Year Up Bay Area graduate

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