By Kathy Chouteau
The Richmond Promise is on the lookout for volunteer mentors for its 2020-2021 cohort of scholars.
The organization that provides funding and guidance for current and future college students from Richmond and North Richmond aims to double the number of mentor/mentees who work with students this year to 150.
Local professionals offer guidance to scholars to help foster their personal and professional growth. Ideally, the guidance will help inspire a smooth transition from college to career.
To be a mentor, applicants should, at minimum, hold an Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree. The program calls for applicants adept at virtual communication, such as mail, text and video call, along with LinkedIn. Also, a background check is required.
Richmond Promise mentors can expect to contribute about one hour per month toward the program, with a one-year commitment that kicks off in July 2020. Also, qualified mentors receive training.
The Richmond Promise program, funded by a $35 million, 10-year seed investment from the Chevron Richmond Refinery, provides high school seniors from Richmond and North Richmond up to $1,500 annually over four years to obtain a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree or Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificate from an accredited four-year university or community college. In addition, the program offers guidance to students from high school through their college graduation via workshops and mentoring. Currently, more than 1,000 Richmond Promise scholars are attending college full-time.