Support 1st-gen college-bound students



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


3040 16th Street
San Francisco
United States


The College Connect Program Volunteer positions, require self-motivated individuals who are familiar with the Mission community, are bilingual in Spanish or Cantonese (preferable, but not required), and have a passion for working with youth. This is an unpaid volunteer position; and is a great opportunity for someone who wants to gain experience working with youth and their families in the Mission community.

Additionally, the volunteer will gain knowledge of college access and success programming and building community with students and their families. Volunteers will work closely with the College Connect team to support the rising high school seniors, rising college freshmen, and current college students in our program.

The duration of the College Connect Program Volunteer and the weekly work schedule are negotiable, but we strongly prefer a commitment of 5 months or one school semester. Mission District residents, bilingual Spanish-English and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Key Responsibilities & Primary Duties:

Direct Service (50%)

  • Assist high school seniors with college research to complete building their school list if they didn’t complete it over the summer.
  • Assist students to complete their personal statement if they didn’t complete it over the summer.
  • Assist Students to complete college applications, and FAFSA/ Dream Act applications if applicable.
  • Assist Program Coordinators during program meetings, workshops and events.
  • Support the College Connect team with youth one-on-one meetings/ support when needed.
  • Help students as needed with fly-in program logistics and college enrollment paperwork.

Administrative (50%)

  • Send reminder emails/calls/text messages to students about upcoming deadlines, meetings, activities, scholarships, etc.
  • Assist in communicating with and scheduling volunteers and interpreters when needed.
  • Assist in drafting blog and newsletter stories for the program.
  • Assist with program data tracking spreadsheets.
  • Help prepare for monthly meetings (buy food, photocopy materials, set up meeting space, etc).
  • Assist with other program related projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with college access challenges that are specific to first-generation college students.
  • Proven ability to work with people from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual orientation backgrounds.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English or Cantonese/ English strongly preferred.
  • Fingerprint and TB test clearance mandatory prior to internship.

To Apply: Send your resume and a cover letter to, "ATTN: College Connect Program Volunteer."

*Only applicants submitting both a resume and cover letter will be considered. Thank you!*


Mission Graduates is a community based nonprofit that works to increase the number of K-12 students in San Francisco's Mission and Excelsior Districts who are prepared for and complete a college education.

The students in our programs represent many different racial, cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic groups. Our programs celebrate the diversity of our students, their families, cultures and experiences. Demonstrating appreciation and respect for different cultures in our classrooms will increase our volunteers' ability to help students learn and achieve academically. We hope that everyone who works with us, will learn and benefit from this opportunity as they grow professionally and help us increase community awareness of issues facing students who live in the Mission.

College Connect, a program of Mission Graduates, is a family ­based college access and success program for low-­income youth who will be first-­generation to attend college. This multiyear program provides structured, personalized college admissions support to students and their parents through high school graduation, as well as ongoing academic advising, mentoring, and career coaching throughout college.


  • Training Provided