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Become a Mentor


Who Can Join?

Are you looking for an internship experience with high school students? Are you passionate about making a difference in the world and becoming a mentor? Would you like to be a champion for our most needed students? If so, we encourage you to become a HEROES mentor! The HEROES Youth Mentorship Program is looking for motivated and committed students to join our program for the Spring 2024 Semester (Late January to mid-May). 

Position Breakdown

Title: HEROES College Mentor

About: Spring 2024 Semester | Credit-Bearing Internship | Unpaid

Schedule: HEROES Mentors will engage in an asynchronous seminar and arrange a time to meet with their assigned student (during specific weeks).

Number of Vacancies: For the Fall 2024 semester, we are looking to hire 30-40 students.


About HEROES: 

The HEROES Youth Mentoring program was designed in 2019 as a virtual mentorship program with an aim of helping underserved New York students pave a way for opportunities throughout high school. It is important for students to feel prepared during and after high school and our program provides 1:1 mentorship to help mentees throughout the state explore their career pathway and lifelong passions.


About Position: 

Our HEROES College Mentors: 

  • Engage in weekly seminar discussions about college success and readiness 

  • Meet with an assigned mentee on a bi-weekly basis 

  • Build their own mentorship curriculum based on their mentee’s needs/wants 

  • Plan, lead, and reflect on their mentorship sessions

  • Track student progress and growth using specialized benchmark systems 

  • Build a warm, inclusive, and welcoming environment for their mentee 

  • Act as a resource for their mentee by providing them with ongoing opportunities that will help them succeed 


Required Meeting Times:

  • Since this is a virtual internship, please note that the only time you will have to be on Zoom are: 

    • Your agreed upon time bi-weekly with your mentee (for 1 Hr)


  • All HEROES Mentors who are accepted into the program will: 

    • Attend an orientation in late December about what to expect and how to prepare for their mentorship experience. 

    • Attend an asynchronous virtual retreet



Candidates applying for this role should: 

  • Be an enrolled undergraduate student at an accredited 4-year college 

  • Be able to receive academic credit for the internship (we cannot accept volunteers) 

  • Be available to complete the HEROES Seminar – make sure to check any other commitments before applying! 

  • Be passionate about working with students from different backgrounds and experiences 

  • Be committed to working independently during the rest of the internship time not in synchronous sessions 

  • (+) Plus if you are bilingual 

  • (+) Plus if you have had previous mentoring experience 


You will gain: 

  1. Fundamental experience working and collaborating with undergraduate students as well as one high schooler in either grades 9-12 

  2. A rewarding career experience supporting our most needed students

  3. Internship Credit (working with your host university)

Internship Breakdown (up to 120 Hours/Semester):

  • 10 Hours - Training 

    • Asynchronous & Synchronous Modules 

  • 32 Hours - HEROES Seminar (Synchronous - Sats from 12-2 PM) 

    • Live Synchronous Meetings 

    • 2 hrs x 16 Weeks 

  • 32 Hours - Seminar Readings (Independent Work - to be completed before Seminar) 

    • Readings to prepare you for seminar 

    • Must be completed before seminar 

  • 8 Hours - 1:1 Mentorship

    • Meeting with your mentee bi-weekly 

  • 16 Hours – Mentorship Plans

    • Creating a mentorship plan & presentation for session 

  • 16 Hours – Professional Growth & Check-Ins

    • Group Discussion Post 

    • Mentor Check Ins

  • 6 Hours – Other Tasks

    • Data Tracking / Benchmark Narratives 

    • Optional Trainings 

To Apply: 

  1. Update your resume 

  2. Complete this application. You will be asked: 

    1. Why do you want to be a HEROES Mentor? 

    2. Many of the mentees in our program are low-income, first-generation students, and identify as a person of color. Please explain how you intend to build a strong inclusive mentorship relationship with a mentee who may not have a similar background as you and the importance of empathy within it.

    3. What are some qualities you value in yourself? What are some professional skills you are currently working on and how do you think this experience will help you develop them? 

    4. How will you contribute to our program’s mission, vision, and impact? 

  3. Once you have completed your application, you will be asked to upload your resume. 


Selection Process

  1. All candidates will be reviewed as soon as their application is submitted 

  2. Qualified applicants will be notified and invited to a group interview 

  3. After the group interview, qualified applicants will be notified of their candidacy 



Priority Deadline: December 10th

Final Deadline: December 15th



All accepted mentors will be invited to Accepted Mentor’s Day on December 30th, 12-1:30 PM

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