The Richmond Promise is expanding its mentorship program and seeking individuals who can support its Scholars in their academic, personal, and career success.
Building on the success of our 2018 mentor pilot program, the Promise aims to match 50 mentors and mentees for the 2019-20 academic year. The mentors and mentees are matched based on several factors and preferences, including career and college attended, demographic preferences and other interests.
The time commitment for mentors is about one hour per month starting in August 2019 with a minimum of a one-year commitment. If the mentee is based outside of the Bay Area, the interaction will be virtual.
Established in 2014 by the Richmond City Council, the Richmond Promise was funded by $35 million from a $90 million environmental and community investment agreement with Chevron Richmond connected to the Richmond Refinery Modernization Project. The program provides $1,500 per year to assist Richmond and North Richmond students obtain a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree or Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificate from an accredited four-year university or community college.
The program has also established Middle School U, a classroom-based strategy at Richmond schools to help break barriers to college for younger students. It is also rapidly growing its financial aid application assistance program, runs a summer workshops to help high school students transition to college, and has partnered with colleges and universities and established on-campus peer networks to continue support for students while they’re in college.