The High School Mentor Initiative is supporting teens by placing volunteer mentors in public high schools for the 2014-2015 school year. Each school is paired with one or more Community Based Organizations which facilitate volunteer orientations, onboarding and training workshops for their specific programs. Volunteers mentor in high schools providing coaching for academic success, college prep, and career guidance. 


Register below with one of the Community Based Organizations below:


The guidance of a mentor can empower a young person to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. Our program matches students from public high schools in New York City's low-income communities with college-educated mentors. Mentors and students work together, in-person and online, to develop strong personal relationships, nurture a college aspiration, navigate the college application process, and build critical skills that lead to college success.

College Summit

College Summit is a national nonprofit organization that helps high schools in low-income communities raise college enrollment rates and build college-going culture through post-secondary planning curriculum, professional development for educators, peer leadership training for students, and helping school leaders track results. Volunteers provide support and guidance to students navigating their way through the college application process.

Junior Achievement

Since 1929, Junior Achievement of New York (JA New York), the local affiliate of JA USA, has delivered economic education and empowerment programs to NYC and Long Island students. Through a dedicated volunteer network of corporate and community individuals, JA New York provides high-quality K- 12 educational programs. JA New York educational programs focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Our mission is to empower young people to own their economic success.

NYC Academies

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a nationally acclaimed leader in the movement in reform public education. NAF supports a country-wide network -- with a New York City base -- of 500 career-themed Academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers, increasing their ability to earn, achieve, and advance as professionals. NAF Students study industry-focused curricula from five themes: • Finance • Hospitality and Tourism • Information and Technology • Engineering • Health Sciences

Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF)

SASF, the largest provider of school-based after-school programs in NYC, is currently seeking volunteer speakers to talk to K-12 youth to create a bridge between students in low-income areas to successful professionals. We would love to have you join us in helping to close the opportunity gap for under-served students in NYC through sharing your education, career and life experiences with them. Engage and energize these students to understand the importance of being prepared for college and their future careers. For more opportunities to make a difference you can host career field trips, volunteer at special events and sports leagues and more.

New York Cares

New York Cares’ College Readiness Programming expands from 10th through 12th grades. There are four individual programs: Sophomore Skills SAT Preparation College Preparation FAFSA Preparation. 

Mentoring USA

Mentoring USA believes that every child has the potential to succeed socially, academically and professional. Trained adult mentors are matched one-to-one with youth to create sustained and supportive relationships and help guide them in developing better self-esteem, creating healthy relationships, and making positive life choices. Partner sites include community centers, schools, agencies and faith-based institutions and meet at specific times and locations throughout New York City. Mentoring USA’s special Male Initiative Program outreaches to adult men to become mentors and be positive adult role models to young men of color.