Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Year Up -- New York City
Posted on: September 18, 2013
There are an estimated 6.7 million young adults in this country – over 173,000 in New York City alone – between the ages 16 to 24, who face an uphill struggle for economic security because they are disconnected – "not enrolled in school and chronically unemployed or underemployed." Year Up is a one-year intensive training and corporate internship program designed to assist urban young adults in becoming agents of change in their lives, families, and communities. Our mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
Students at YearUp spend the first five months, receiving job-skills training in Information Technology, Financial Operations, Quality Assurance, or Project Management. During this phase, participants also learn the attitude, behavior, and communication practices that will allow them to succeed in entry-level positions without a college degree. Students then apply what they learned, gaining valuable experience and broadening their professional networks, at full-time, six-month internships with leading companies throughout the New York area.
Mentoring is an integral part of the support we provide our students. Year Up carefully matches each student to a mentor; a working professional who can provide some guidance and be a role model to our students. The mentoring period starts about two months before the students begin their corporate internships and continues throughout their internship until graduation from the program. Year Up provides training and support to mentors and organizes events that mentors and mentees can participate in together.
• Provide additional support as students transition from Year Up to their internship
• Encourage continuous learning and problem solving
• Assist in building and accessing professional networks
• Assist in reviewing resumes and college applications
The Benefits of Being a Year Up Mentor
• Become a positive role model for a young adult entering the professional world
• Expand your social network by connecting with other Year Up mentors who have the same goals as you
• Be part of a dynamic, national non-profit organization that is part of a broader movement towards social change and economic justice
Expectations of a Year Up Mentor
• Be at least 25 years old
• Have a Bachelor's degree, work experience, and familiarity with entry-level positions
• If a new volunteer, attend mandatory orientation
• Meet with your mentee at least one time per month for a minimum of one year
• Communicate weekly with your mentee using email and phone
• Provide feedback to Year Up staff about mentor relationship and any issues of concern
• Attend two gatherings with other Year Up mentors and staff
• Attend your student's Year Up graduation
What Makes a Great Year Up Mentor?
• Ability and desire to work with young adults (ages 18-24) from diverse, urban backgrounds
• Positive attitude and good listening skills
• Eager to share your knowledge and experiences
• Patience, understanding and a sense of humor
• Willingness to help make connections and build networks
To learn more about YearUp, visit http://www.yearup.org/locations/main.php?page=newyork
For more information about mentoring, contact Maria Prokopetz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (347) 296-0210 ext. 3142