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Become a Mentor

Mentor Profile

Our mentors are young professionals who donate their time while pursuing full-time careers. Most mentors have been out of college for less than 10 years. They are enthusiastic about the Minds Matter mission and committed to helping mentees achieve their academic pursuits. Our mentors come from diverse career backgrounds, and several are currently pursuing graduate degrees from local universities.

Benefits of Being a Mentor

First and foremost, it will enrich your life as well as the lives of others. Being a mentor is fun! There are many get-togethers throughout the year including happy hours, fundraisers and intramurals — a great way to meet new people and build lasting friendships.

Mentoring also provides an opportunity to take part in an exciting, young, and successful organization. We have doubled in size each year, and we plan to continue growing. You also have the opportunity to join the management team and contribute to the strategic vision and direction of Minds Matter. You gain access to a strong local network of young professionals in a variety of industries. The national alumni network opens doors to contacts in cities across the country.

Requirements

Mentors are required to be college graduates, attend at least 75% of sessions, communicate with their mentees in and out of sessions, and undergo a background check.

How to Apply

Fill out the online application today!

Help with Fundraising

The Associate Board works closely with the Co-Directors of Fundraising to further develop our fundraising strategies, focusing on 3 specific aspects of the fundraising plan:

  • corporate sponsorship and grant writing;
  • event planning;
  • and individual fundraising.

We are looking for creative, detail-oriented, and motivated individuals who believe in the Minds Matter mission to join the Associate Board. Fundraising experience is a plus, but not a requirement. General responsibilities for each member include participation in a 30-60 minute biweekly conference call, a few hours spent on fundraising tasks each week, and attendance at biannual Minds Matter fundraisers. For more information on joining the Associate Board, please email us at fundraising@mindsmatterchicago.org.

The Advisory Council is another great way to get involved with fundraising if you do not have a significant amount of time to commit. General responsibilities for each member include participation in a quarterly update meeting, attendance of at least one of Minds Matter’s biannual fundraisers, and a suggested $50 donation.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in joining our team? There are a number of ways you can volunteer:

  • Mentor – help a student achieve their academic dreams.
  • Teach – help manage our academic programs.
  • Other – have other ideas about how you can help? Contact us!

To get started, please fill out our online application. A member of our team will respond as soon as possible!