Opportunity Details

Children & Youth Education
Low-income Communities, Other

Age Minimum (with Adult): 22+, Minimum Age:22+

Referral: Chicago Scholars


Chicago Scholars is transforming the leadership landscape of our city by resolving the fundamental barriers to success for academically driven, first generation college students from under-resourced communities.  Through college counseling, mentoring, and by providing a supportive community to our Scholars through each phase of our program: College Access: Launch, College Persistence: Lift and College to Careers: Lead, we ensure that they realize their full potential as students and leaders.
All Chicago Scholars receive extensive college counseling, which helps them successfully enroll in best match & fit colleges, and are supported through the college transition process.

Mentors with Chicago Scholars make a 2-year commitment. They attend 1 monthly workshops for the 10-months of the program. Workshops are scheduled in the evenings M-Th and all day Saturday.
Volunteers can be connected on single-day activities that range throughout the year and vary in time.

Mission Statement

We uniquely select, train, & mentor academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities to complete college & become the next generation of leaders who will transform their neighborhoods & our city.

Volunteer Activity Type

  • Mentoring/Youth Development

Great For

  • Individuals (people who come on their own)
  • Groups (volunteers who come in a group)
  • New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before)
  • Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis)

Requirements for Service

  • Interview process
  • Supply references
  • Application 
  • Training meeting >2 hours
  • Standard background check

Contact for more information or to serve 
Michael Johns at getinvolved@chicagoscholars.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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