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Chicago Scholars Mentor Application

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Mentor Application Deadline: May 3, 2024


Welcome and thank you for your interest in becoming a Chicago Scholars Mentor! We are excited about your decision to join us in our mission! As a Mentor, you will play a pivotal role in the educational success, leadership development, and pursuit of self-actualization of our Scholars. 


This is a two-year commitment:

  • In the first year, Mentors work in cohorts of 2-3 professional adult Mentors to provide hybrid (virtual and in-person) support to a group of 8-10 Scholars.

  • In the second year, Mentors support 2-4 of the Scholars from their original cohort in a virtual one-on-one relationship.

Chicago Scholars has a set of six core values that guide all of our work:


We Dream Big. We Show Up. We Embrace Our Differences.

We Model the Way. We Care For Each Other. We Keep Our Word.


Core Value 1: We Keep Our Word.


Requirements to become a Chicago Scholars Mentor:

  • Be over 21 years of age
  • Have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree
  • Commit to mentoring for two years (Scholars’ senior year of high school & first year of college): June 2024 - May 2026
Year 1: 3-4 hours per month* (including 6 assigned IN-PERSON workshops) in which Mentors work in cohorts of 2-3 professional adult mentors to provide hybrid (virtual and in-person) support to a group of 8-10 Scholars. 

 Year 2: 1-2 hours per month of virtual support per 2-4 Scholars from your original cohort* (including 1 IN-PERSON assigned workshop)
  • Attend required training sessions (2 per year) in both Year 1 and Year 2
  • Log monthly notes about meetings with Scholars in Year 1 and Year 2
  • If selected, commit to taking and paying for a background check - $35 *Please note, if this cost would be prohibitive for your participation as a mentor, please email us at getinvolved@chicagoscholars.org.
  • Commit to Chicago Scholars READI (Racial Justice, Equity, Accessibility, Diversity, Inclusion) values (see READI values here)
  • Attend your assigned Chicago Scholars' New Scholar Orientation date IN-PERSON taking place the week of June 10th (Please note: the weekday sessions will be in the evening).
  • Abide by the Chicago Scholars Mentor Code of Conduct


If you have any questions about the mentor application process or any other general questions, please feel free to contact us at getinvolved@chicagoscholars.org.

Personal Information

Core Value 2: We Embrace Our Differences







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Attention Applicant!
Living in the Chicagoland area is a requirement for Year 1 of the Mentorship Program due to in-person programming.  If this is not the case for you, please stop filling out the application here and email us at getinvolved@chicagoscholars.org if you are still interested in participating in the CS Mentorship Program in a different capacity.


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Please stop filling out the application here and email us at getinvolved@chicagoscholars.org if you are still interested in participating in the CS Mentorship Program in a different capacity.

Additional Information

Core Value 3: We Show Up



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Background Check Requirement

If you do not want to consent to a background check/screening please save your application, then contact us at getinvolved@chicagoscholars.org

If you do not want to consent to a background check/screening please save your application, then contact us at getinvolved@chicagoscholars.org
Core Value 4: We Model the Way
Educational Background


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We will follow up with you with more information on how your company can get involved with Chicago Scholars.  If you have questions before this time, please feel free to contact us at getinvolved@chicagoscholars.org
Core Value 5: We Dream Big
Chicago Scholars' mission is to uniquely select, train, and mentor academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities to complete college and become the next generation of leaders who will transform their neighborhoods and our city.

Our Vision is a vibrant Chicago powered by diverse leaders from every neighborhood.

The Chicago Scholars Mentoring program follows a Leadership Coaching Model.  This means that we look to our Mentors to share their own personal journey with our Scholars while helping them achieve goals that we have identified as essential to their career and leadership development.

References

Core Value 6: We Care for Each Other
Please list three references below: two professional and one family/personal.  Upon submission of your application, these references will be contacted via email to provide a brief online recommendation form about your potential as a mentor.
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