Submit Online Mentor Interest Form 

Mentor Expectations Flyer  (click to download)

We are looking for college educated individuals who would like to help a young person successfully complete college. Students who need support are from communities under-represented in higher education, from families in financial need. All students are from public schools in Oakland and are headed to four-year colleges. Many are the first in their families to attend college. All have received $16,000 four-year “Great Expectations” awards from our community-based organization.


Jonathan (Mentor) and Denzel (2013 Scholar)

Mentoring Program Summary

The goal of our mentoring program is to provide a sustained, community-based network of personal support, information and resources to East Bay College Fund Scholars and their families, to help each Scholar achieve a successful college experience and expand future opportunities.

Who: A responsible, mature, resourceful, college graduate from the community will be paired as Mentor with an East Bay College Fund Scholar, during the Scholar’s four-year scholarship.
Why: Students need many types of support to succeed in college: personal, moral, academic, financial, career, and more. Through its Mentoring Program and Mentors, East Bay College Fund is committed to helping its Scholars take advantage of as many opportunities and resources, and receive as much personal and professional support as possible during the Scholars’ college years.
What: Each Mentor will initiate and maintain regular contact with his/her Scholar, inquiring how things are going, following up on issues mentioned in previous exchanges, keeping track of Scholar’s progress and struggles, etc. Mentor will help Scholar find personal and professional information and resources available on campus and in the community. Mentor will also establish a consistent connection with Scholar’s family. To aid each Mentor, East Bay College Fund will develop a database of relevant resources.
When: During each of the four academic years, Mentor will maintain monthly (or more frequent) contact with Scholar, via email, letters, phone, text, Skype and in-person meetings. Mentor will meet with Scholar during school breaks (summer, winter, spring), depending upon the availability of Mentor and Scholar. To help maintain the personal nature of the Mentor/Scholar relationship, Mentor will meet in person at least twice each year with Scholar, and at least once each year with Scholar’s family.
How: To help Scholar succeed in college, Mentor will provide moral support and understanding about the challenges of the Scholar’s college experience; locate resources to assist with Scholar’s personal and professional development; explore and share Mentor’s and Scholar’s academic, career, family, and other experiences relevant to Scholar. Mentor may also help Scholar develop a vision and goals for Scholar’s academic and professional future. East Bay College Fund will be a major resource for both Mentor and Scholar, helping create a network of support and information.

Dates for 2016 Mentors:

May 10 Mentor/Scholar Orientation (meet your student)

June 3 East Bay College Fund Oakland Promise Awards Ceremony (introduce your student on stage)

June 18  New Mentor/Scholar Kick-Off (Amazing Race with your student)

August 6 Summer Retreat  (Connect with your student; share your career with the community)     


Complete the Volunteer Interest Form on this website.  Mentor Interviews are held from Mid-November – April. Scholar match events begin in May with official match before the end of the month.  Several additional events are required the first summer before college to deepen the relationship between the Scholar and Mentor and familiarize both with East Bay College Fund.


Learn more about the value of mentoring