Become a Mentor

The College Now Mentoring Program

In 2011, College Now launched a mentoring program to assist our scholarship recipients in successfully completing college.

The College Now Mentoring Program is a high-quality, high-impact mentoring program that uses a unique, online platform which guides communication between mentor and mentee with an interactive and personalized curriculum. College Now also hosts events throughout the year to bring mentor-mentee pairs together, and also to create space for mentors and mentees to learn from one another. In the first two years of the relationship, mentors provide crucial college-going advice to students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. As students become upperclassmen and begin looking beyond college, mentors also provide professional connections and assistance to help students transition into the working world.

In 2016, the College Now Mentoring Program expects to be working with 1,200 pairs. That’s 2,400 Clevelanders working for a better future!

The program is having a huge impact: in our first three years of mentoring, student retention rates rose seven percentage points, to an amazing 97%! This result is due entirely to our mentors. Be someone who matters to someone who matters, and mentor a college student!

See the Impact of Our Mentoring Program

Why Mentor

  • Assist a college student on his/her path to success
  • Expand your leadership skills
  • Connect with over 1,000 other mentors in Cleveland
  • Contribute to Greater Cleveland’s success
  • Learn from your mentee!

How to Become a Mentor

  • Commit to a four-year relationship with a student, in which you exchange messages twice per month and meet in person three times per year
  • Hold a college degree
  • Complete an application and screening process:
    • Fill out our online application
    • Complete a five-minute phone interview
    • Attend a one-hour orientation
    • Pass a third-party background check

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor, contact Madeline Rife at 216.635.0163 or mrife@collegenowgc.org.