We offer one-time/short-term and deeper long-term opportunities throughout the year. Whether you are interested in spending an hour to offer an informational interview to help a scholar learn more about a career, or devote two or more years as a mentor to transform a scholar’s life, you can make a difference.
Interested in mentoring? We are currently accepting applications for our mentor pool.
MentorsMentors provide advice, support, information, role modeling, and networking opportunities to our talented scholars. Our scholars are of the first generation in their families to attend college, so may not have access to adults who can help them navigate academic and social life on campus, or help them use college as a springboard to a career. That is why PCF mentoring can be so transformative.
Mentors begin working with incoming college freshmen and maintain contact with their scholar in person or via phone, text, email, or Skype at least twice a month until the scholar graduates from college.
Mentors receive an all-day orientation on how to support their scholar, are encouraged to participate in trainings offered quarterly, and have ongoing support from our program staff.
All mentors must be college-educated and over 25. Each applicant must complete an application, participate in an interview, submit references, and pass a background check. We carefully match mentors one-to-one with our scholars based on factors such as common interests, background, school, and career aspirations.
We accept applications throughout the year, but our primary matching process happens in the spring, which is when new PCF scholars are selected. If you are ready to apply, please do so here.
Scholarship application readersApplication readers help us select our scholars. Using our online application system, readers devote approximately 10-15 hours of their time between late February and early April each year to score applications. Readers may also participate in applicant interviews.
TrainersTrainers assist our staff with providing top-quality workshops to our scholars on topics such as time-management, academic planning, personal budgeting, interviewing skills, and the like. We engage volunteer professionals to provide workshops throughout the year. We also use volunteer trainers to provide information at our mentor trainings. Topics include academic advising, decoding financial aid, strengths-based approaches to mentoring, and best practices in communicating with young adults.
Communications and marketing volunteersThese volunteers help PCF tell the story of our scholars and build support for our work through newsletters and social media.
Informational intervieweesInformational interviewees spend an hour with a scholar who is trying to explore a career path.
Resume and LinkedIn profile reviewersReviewers help scholars craft their image and put their best face forward for employers.
Get Involved To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact our Programs Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.