Get Involved

Become an Oakland Promise Mentor

If you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference and support our Oakland Promise Scholars’ postsecondary journey, we invite you to learn more about becoming a mentor! Please click the link below to learn more and start the application process.

Why Mentor

Be a positive role model and trusted advisor for an Oakland student. Leverage your educational and professional experiences to pay it forward.

Give back

Use your life experiences, talents and time to support our amazing Scholars.

Be Part of a Movement

Join our community of Mentors who are invested in leveraging their networks to support our Scholars’ educational and career exploration and growth.

Take Action

Build a personal relationship with a young person from Oakland. Help them reach their post-secondary education and career goals

Our Impact by the Numbers

2,300 students

Receiving OP scholarships and support

1,300 Scholars

Paired with a Mentor

88% OP Scholars (2019 data)

who persisted from first year to second year of college

$2.5 Million

In cumulative multi-year scholarships awarded

88% persistence rates

For first-to-second year class of 2018

About 300 - 400 mentors

Per year

"Ms.Carla, I am so blessed to have been paired with you through this program! I'm happy to have met you and am forever grateful for your mentorship, friendship, and support! Thank you for sticking with me these 4 years and here's to many more!”


OP Scholar Alum and 2020 UC Davis Graduate

Investing in leaders of the future

The number of ways an Oakland Promise Mentor can support a Scholar are as varied as the number of Mentors involved in our program. A successful mentoring relationship is built on trust. It's made up of small, consistent and genuine moments -- listening, asking questions and relating with empathy. And our program will support you and your Scholar every step of the way.

Become a Mentor

Mentor Resource Hub

Current Oakland Promise Mentors can access our program resources at this link. In it you will find the Mentor Program Requirements and Expectations, Videos, Event Calendar, Mentor Directory, Monthly Newsletter Archive, Campus Resource Guides, and more.

View Mentor Resources

Other Ways to Get Involved

Host a Scholar as an intern at your workplace, refer your colleagues and friends to mentoring, volunteer with Oakland Promise

Oakland Promise Mentorship Partners

Some of our organizational partners who have employees who are volunteering in mentoring.

Interested in becoming a mentoring partner?