Most of us can think of people in our lives, more experienced than ourselves, who taught us something new, offered advice, presented a challenge, initiated a friendship, or simply expressed an interest in our development as a person. These people were mentors. They helped us negotiate an uphill path or find an entirely new path to a goal in our academic, career, or personal lives. They showed us a world larger than our neighborhood. They pointed out talents that we hadn’t noticed in ourselves and stimulated ideas about what we might be able to accomplish. They nudged us when we needed a nudge.
At the Berkeley Community Fund (BCF), we match each High Hopes Scholar with an adult who will be the Scholar’s mentor for four years, as the Scholar pursues his or her college degree. Often, our Scholars do not have another adult in their lives who can play this role. Many of our Scholars are the first in their family to seek higher education. Others are entering college without family or community support. Whatever the reason, our mentors play a vital role in the success of our Scholars.
To help you in that role, we recommend the following resources:
BCF Mentor Guidelines
BCF Mentor Financial Aid Questions
What the Best Mentors Do