Imagine helping one of Oaklandʼs resilient and ambitious Scholars succeed in college by providing them with advice, encouragement, and friendship as an Oakland Promise mentor. By mentoring a college-bound Oakland student throughout their college career, you can build a relationship that supports their college goals. For underrepresented college students, getting into college is only half the battle. According to The New York Times: “Fewer than 30 percent of [eligible] students in the bottom quarter of incomes even enroll in a four-year school. And among that group, fewer than half graduate.” *
So why donʼt more students from a low-income background persist in college to graduation? We understand that there are a myriad of institutional and systemic reasons for these outcomes. At Oakland Promise, we take a holistic approach to serving our Scholars. With a combination of a scholarship, access to advising, professional development days, and mentoring, we have supported students’ college graduation goals for more than 15 years.
Being a mentor with East Bay College Fund has been rewarding in so many ways. . . By being a mentor, I can inspire the next generation to strive for a better life and not give up.
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 made up of small, consistent and genuine efforts to enthusiastically share openly about a Mentor’s life, coupled with the ability to relate empathetically to the Scholar.
So become a Mentor and and support a young person in reaching their college graduation goals. Whatʼs the time commitment? In addition to seasonal retreats, a Mentor meets with or talks to their scholar once a month.
So what are you waiting for? Whether you are recently retired or firmly in your career, you can support a college student’s goals by being there for them as an Oakland Promise Mentor!