Opportunity Details

Children & Youth
Families, Low-income Communities

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Referral: BravenX Professional Mentor Program


Are you looking to give back in a meaningful way, but you only have a couple hours a week? Look no further! Braven is recruiting volunteers to mentor underrepresented, first-generation college students on the ins and outs of navigating the workforce. Professional Mentors (PMs) will support Braven Fellows on their path to securing quality postgraduate jobs. You will be paired with a recent or soon-to-be college graduate at National Louis University who is interested in your career field, and you’ll provide weekly 1:1 coaching on the job search and application process. The PM role is a great opportunity to pay it forward, gain experience coaching, and build a strong relationship with a mentee.
This volunteer role is especially convenient for professionals with a tight schedule. You will meet with your Fellow once a week virtually and two times in person throughout the duration of the commitment. You and your Fellow can agree on a mutually convenient meeting time that fits both of your schedules.


As a Professional Mentor, you’ll be able to open the doors to your personal network, help student understand the skills they need to be successful in the professional workspace and help them build and polish their professional portfolio.

Volunteer Activity Type Mentoring/Youth Development, Strategy and Discussion

Great For

  • Individuals (people who come on their own)
  • Groups (volunteers who come in a group)
  • Skilled volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.)
  • New volunteers (people who have never volunteered before)
  • Committed volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis)

Partner Information 

The mission of Braven is to empower promising underrepresented young people--first generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds--with the skills, mindsets, experiences, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact.

Requirements for Service

  • Supply references
  • Application
  • Interview Process
  • Training meeting > 2 hours
  • Background check

Contact for more information or to serve Dania Moctezuma at dania@bebraven.org


***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

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