Mentors 4 College
Our College Mentoring Program
Who We Are
We are an all-volunteer organization that mentors high school students on their college journeys, helps increase the reach of high school counselors and helps build college-savvy communities.
Local Mentors for a Better Community
We believe in the strength of our local roots for creating a lasting impact in our communities. Our mentors come from the high school communities that they serve, and work simultaneously with both students and their families. We currently partner with multiple school districts in Missouri, and are in the process of developing branches in California, Colorado and North Carolina.
We believe that every student should be able to find and achieve their ideal post-high school plan academic path, regardless of their career goals or their financial circumstances. As such, our one-to-one mentoring services are provided free of charge.
All of our volunteer mentors have been through a formal training program that teaches them how to work with high school students and their parents to help them:
- Identify their best fit educational path after high school (even if that doesn't include college)
- Trade schools, two-year colleges, 4-year colleges and universities, specialty schools and/or technical schools, and apprenticeships
- Identify their strengths, weaknesses and interests, as well as their social and financial needs
- Ensure their high school educational trajectory matches their post-high school plans
- Develop the needed extracurricular and leadership skills, as well as prepare for the necessary standardized tests
- Select schools and submit their applications
- Understand and apply for scholarships and financial aid
Why We Make a Difference
-Mentors 4 College is strictly a volunteer organization, so each one of our mentors has joined our program solely to help students reach their potential and achieve their goals.
-We are, first and foremost, guides and cheerleaders, helping both students and parents to navigate the college selection and admission process. This is your journey and we're here to help keep you on the trail.
-We run annual essay writing workshops and college interviewing workshops to help you present yourself in the best way.
-Your mentor will meet with you as often as you'd like (within their time limits, of course), but typically for a few hours each semester while you're in the program.
Our 2019 workshop will be in Nov. Watch for details. Students will learn how to confidently interview with college admissions officers and will practice the techniques they learn during 2 mock interviews.
Throughout the school year, we host lectures addressing competitive college admissions processes with admissions officers, financial awareness for both parents and students, standardized test preparation, college athletics recruiting and more. Click here for upcoming events!
A recent mentee parent said:
"Thanks! You were a tremendous help getting us pointed in the right direction."
Another mentee parent wrote:
I wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for your part in supporting our son during his college application process.
He took the advice offered through the college mentor program and applied to several levels of schools.
He was accepted to Columbia, University of Chicago, Duke, Harvard, University of Minnesota, Washington State and Yale, many of whom offered him full scholarships.
He has chosen to attend Harvard in the fall to study physics.
We are truly grateful for the resources offered through Parkway North and appreciate all of the college mentors.
A former mentee said:
"It has been a great help and support to walk with you throughout [my] high school especially in [my] junior and senior year. I felt as if I was walking in the dark until you intervened and redirected us toward the best path."