Making a Difference in the USA: LIGHT Partnership Mentors

You don’t have to move to India to have a life-long impact on a young person. First generation college students and adolescents from low-income homes face challenges and barriers during their first year as they transition from high school to the next phase of life.

LIGHT Partnership Mentors matches motivated adults with transitioning seniors through partnerships with local high school guidance departments to ensure a successful transition. Using the United Way Mentorship model, LIGHT Partnership assists those who want to start and/or volunteer in programs across the U.S.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

Who is eligible?
Adults of any age can apply and are interviewed after a background check and police clearance. Once selected, mentors are matched with selected students from their local high school.

What is the commitment?
Mentors and mentees commit to a one year relationship from January of the students senior year through December of their first year in college, career or post-secondary training.

How does it work?
Once a match is made a meet-up of local mentors and mentees is held to introduce the program. Mentor partnerships meet for at least two hours, one time live each month and are in contact at least one time each week. Group activities for mentors from local districts happen quarterly.

Why start in January?
The last semester of a student’s senor year is a crucial time as students are creating and securing plans for next steps after high school. The school system lends structure as mentors help students navigate the college application, acceptance and registration process. After graduation LIGHT mentors play an essential supportive role helping students avoid ‘summer melt’ and successfully transition into their post-secondary choices. In the fall mentors remain a key influence as students begin college, new jobs or other forms of career training.

How are mentors supported?
Applications are taken year round. Training begins in October. Mentors are supported through monthly live or virtual training sessions and local mentor team networks.

How do I start a program in my area?
Programs start on a grass root level with people like you. Simply send an email telling us about why you’d like to start a program and we will share next steps. This is a no cost, all volunteer that has a great impact on the lives of your neighbors and community members.

Contact us for more information about how you can take action, here and now, in your own backyard.