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The New York SEO Scholars Mentor Application for the 2021-2022 academic year is now open!

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We are looking for 250 Mentors from the New York City area to support a dedicated and hardworking Scholar throughout their 11th-grade year. Our project-based mentoring model supports the development of critical life skills, encourages relationship-building, allows mentors to share their own experiences, and provides students with the tools they will need to navigate both college and their future careers.

Mentors attend 10-12 Saturday sessions (five/six per semester) for two hours each in the afternoon. Each session mentors are given a goal to complete with their mentee. Topics include: researching and applying to summer enrichment programs, beginning the college application process (crafting personal narratives, researching colleges, etc.), and building professional skills (interview training, resume-building, networking). Currently, all of our programming is being held virtually. Participants who are selected to be a mentor will be provided with advance notice should this volunteer opportunity return to an in-person model.

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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