Mentor Program Application

mentoring program, mentor programMentoring makes a difference.

Research shows that only 11% of low-income, first-generation college students will earn a degree within six years of enrolling, compared to 55% of their more advantaged peers.

First-generation-in-college students are more at risk than those whose parents have first-hand experience in navigating the postsecondary education process. The risk is exacerbated for students from low-income families.

Mentoring makes a difference. The National Mentoring Partnership found that at-risk young adults who met regularly with trusted mentors were 55% more likely to enroll in postsecondary education and 130% more likely to grow into leadership positions.

Motivated young people, caring adults, and benevolent funding partners who want to make a difference—to matter—will find an exceptional opportunity through this unique Mentoring Program.

Mentor Program Description and Expectations:

  • Submit an online mentor application – Application below!
  • Attend a pre-screening interview
  • Pass a background screening
  • Be paired with a student
  • Attend mandatory mentor training
  • Maintain regular contact with student and Education Foundation of Sarasota County staff
  • Provide timely feedback to the Education Foundation of Sarasota County Director of Student Support
  • Follow Mentoring Program requirements and expectations
  • Inspire students and give them hope
  • Click here to download the full mentoring brochure.

For additional information or questions, please contact Holly Gray, Director of Student Support.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Education Foundation of Sarasota County (EFSC).

The EFSC mentoring program provides advising and mentoring for low-income high school and college students from Sarasota County to provide skills and experiences they need to move to and through their chosen post-secondary pathway leading to a satisfying career.

Please complete this application if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or mentor. Volunteers will be contacted to discuss specific interests and time available. Volunteers who meet the mentoring requirements will be invited for an in-person interview with a staff member and will be asked to complete a level two background check. Eligible students will be provided a caring college readiness support team including a mentor that has been carefully selected and matched with the student.  Students also have access to one-on-one meetings with a college advisor and programs and workshops on career exploration and college readiness. Thank you for your time and interest in supporting a young adult in our community to achieve the life of their dreams!