Change the life of an SEO Scholar. Build a deep and lasting relationship. Help navigate the college admissions process. Teach students the professional skills they’ll need to take the work world by storm. Join a community of like-minded professionals.

We are looking for 250 Mentors from the New York City area and 25 in the San Francisco Bay Area to support a dedicated and hardworking Scholar throughout their 11th-grade year. SEO Scholar Mentors spend 2 hours for 12 Saturdays (over the school year) with their mentees, building deep and meaningful relationships, and supporting the development of critical life skills such as interviewing, resume building, and networking.

The SEO Scholars Mentor Application for the 2020-2021 academic year is now open!

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Although we are hopeful to return to in-person programming in the fall, we will continue to monitor COVID-19, keeping the health and safety of our community in mind. Candidates are encouraged to apply online and will be notified of the next steps accordingly. Whether online or in-person, we look forward to continuing to support our young people and execute our mission with the help of our amazing volunteer mentors.

Railyn D., SEO Scholars High School Class of 2018

“From the start, Olivia was determined to help me succeed. She asked me about school and my family and seemed genuinely interested in someone she didn’t even know. She was set on helping me build up my confidence and getting me into a top school, like I had always dreamed of. Throughout our relationship, she has encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone, helped raise my SAT score just in time for college admissions, connected me with alumni from the school I’ll be attending, stayed up late editing my college essays, and most importantly, showed me that the circumstances in which I grew up in do not define me or my future. I’m thankful for Olivia, thankful for SEO, and I hope that more adults decide to play the role in a Scholar’s life that Olivia has in mine.”

Evelyn, SEO Scholars, High School Class of 2020

“My parents are immigrants who did not attend college in the U.S. and do not have experience with the college application process. I’m happy to have another adult at SEO to get advice from in addition to my program manager and instructors. I can ask Wes my questions and feel reassured that things will be okay.”

Read Evelyn and Wes’s Full Story Here!

SEO Scholars mentor candidates should be:

  • College graduates located in New York City or San Francisco
  • Committed to attending twelve two-hour sessions with their mentee throughout the school year
  • Willing to submit to a background check conducted by SEO
  • Passionate about education and providing opportunities to underserved public high school students

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