Mentoring

We carefully match each scholar with a trained college-educated adult who serves as an ally, advisor, and supporter throughout college and often beyond.

Of all the components of our programming, our scholars believe that mentoring is the most impactful. This long-term commitment, with the deep relationships it builds, is a highly rewarding experience for both mentors and scholars.

Mentor Application Process 1
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Mentor Application Process 2

Frequently Asked Questions
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How long will the entire application & interview process take?
The application should take about 30 minutes to complete and submit. The interview is 1 hour. The entire vetting process timeline depends on several things-when references submit their reference forms, when the interview is scheduled, and how long it takes to submit the background check. From start to finish, the entire vetting process can be as quick as 2 weeks.
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How long will it take to complete the online application?
The application should take approximately 30 min to complete.
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What are the eligibility requirements?
In order to be eligible to apply, an individual must:

ā— Have a bachelor’s degree
ā— Have at least 3 years post graduation professional experience, 5 is preferred.
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What is the time commitment?
Mentor’s are required to commit 2-3 hours monthly to mentoring.
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Why is the application process so long?
PCF staff wants to ensure that mentor volunteers are committed to supporting first-generation college students throughout their entire undergraduate career and that mentor applicants’ ethics align with the PCF mission statement.
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Why do I have to interview in person?
The interview process is important to PCF as it is a one-to-several PCF staff process during which staff gets to know the applicant. An in-person interview is important in exploring the motivation of a volunteer applicant, assess for fit and/or any red flags. In addition, prospective mentors may be matched with a minor. It is the responsibility of PCF to ensure the safety and well being of each mentee which is why and in-person interview is so valuable and required.
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Iā€™m having IT troubles, who do I contact to troubleshoot?
If you are having trouble submitting the application, please contact smarterselect support on the https://www.smarterselect.com/terms-of-use/ page  . If you have questions about the application itself or the vetting process, please contact pcfprograms@gmail.com
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When will I be matched with a student?
Matching occurs in late spring. Students are accepted into the program as they are getting ready to graduate from high school. You and your mentee will be matched right before they begin the summer after high school giving you the opportunity to bond before they leave to college.
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Can I provide a background check I completed for a different org/job?
At this time, PCF only accepts background checks through Sterling Volunteers. If approved as a mentor, you will be sent an email directly from Sterling Volunteers to complete and submit a background check. You have the option to donate to PCF to cover the cost of your background check.
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What kind of references do I need to provide?
We ask that all applicants provide two references, one personal and one professional. It is most helpful if you provide contact info to individuals who can speak to your work with youth and young adults.
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When will I be notified of my final status?
Once your application is reviewed, PCF staff will reach out via email if you have advanced to the interview round of the vetting process. Once your interview has been completed, PCF staff will send you an email if you have advanced to the background check round. Finally, if references and background check clears, you will be notified via email if you have been approved as a mentor.
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Why are decisions confidential?
It is the responsibility of PCF to ensure the safety and well being of each mentee. This may at times result in the disqualification of volunteer applicants. Per PCF Policy, PCF reserves the right to keep decisions for mentor acceptances confidential.
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How are mentors and mentees matched?
Mentors and mentees are matched by program coordinators based on the information shared on student and mentor applications. Some things taken into consideration are: majors, hobbies, gender preference, and career goals.
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What are you looking for in a mentor?
An ideal PCF mentor is someone who is dedicated to building a meaningful and supportive relationship with a young adult who is the first in their immediate family to pursue a 4 year college degree.
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If I am referred to the mentoring program do I have a better chance of becoming a mentor?
No, all applications are considered equally regardless of referrals. However, it is helpful for PCF staff to know if you have been referred to the mentoring program for marketing purposes.
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If I am an alum of PCF, do I need to apply?
Yes, all individuals interested in becoming mentors must submit an application and go through the vetting process.
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If I was a mentor in the past, do I need to reapply?
Yes, If there has been a gap of time of a year or more since your last PCF mentorship, you will be required to go through the mentor application and vetting process. If you are currently mentoring a senior student that will be graduating at the end of the year, there is a renewal application and process you are required to complete.
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Will all match-eligible mentors be matched in the spring?
In short, no. In order to ensure that all students in the PCF program get matched with a mentor that meets each of their unique needs, PCF accepts more mentors than students. PCF aims to have a diverse pool of match-eligible mentors.
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Do I get a choice of who I get matched with? Do I get a say?
We do take certain preferences into consideration such as gender and personality traits. You will not be matched with a student that you already know.