Community volunteers play a key role in our scholars' success.

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.

Looking for a deep and high-impact commitment?

Mentors provide advice, support, information, role modeling, and networking opportunities to our talented scholars. Our scholars are 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. 

Our mentors begin working with incoming college freshmen just before high school graduation, 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 our program and how to support their scholar, are encouraged to participate in additional trainings offered twice a year, and have ongoing support from our program staff. Each mentor becomes part of our extended PCF “family,” and can draw on our network of committed and informed colleagues for information and ideas.

All mentors must be college-educated and over 25. Each applicant must complete an application, participate in an interview, and pass a criminal background check. We carefully match mentors one-to-one with our scholars based on multiple 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. Please contact us at pcfprograms@gmail.com if you have questions about our application process.

Want to learn more about our scholars and help choose the next class?
Scholarship application readers participate in teams of approximately 10 to help us select our scholars. Using our online application system, readers devote approximately 20 hours of their time between late January and March each year to read, rank, and discuss applications. Readers may also participate in applicant interviews. Please contact us at katie@peninsulacollegefund.org if you are interested.
Do you have a skill to share?

Trainers 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 for our College Success Weekend each July and Career Success Day each December. We also use volunteer trainers to provide information at our mentor trainings offered throughout the year. Topics include academic advising, decoding financial aid, strengths-based approaches to mentoring, best practices in communicating with young adults.

Communications and marketing volunteers help PCF tell the story of our scholars and build support for our work through newsletters and social media. 

Do you want to make a difference but have very little time to spare?
Informational interviewees spend an hour with a scholar who is trying to explore a career path. 

Resume and LinkedIn profile reviewers help scholars craft their image and put their best face forward for employers.
Get Involved To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Program Coordinator Katie Bettendorf at (650) 779-5433 or katie@peninsulacollegefund.org.