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The College Now Mentoring Program

The virtual College Now Mentoring Program is proven to increase retention, persistence, and graduation of student participants. This high-quality, high-impact mentoring program uses a unique, online platform to guide communication between mentor and student through an interactive and personalized curriculum.

The Mentoring Program is a minimal investment of time for mentors – two emails per month, and three meetings or virtual connections per year – but has wonderful results for students! Many of College Now’s students are the first in their families to attend college, and all have demonstrated financial need. On average, 92% of mentored students returned to college for their sophomore year, and on average 70% of mentored students graduated on-time with their degrees. This is nearly double the national average for their peer group!

Over the last 10 years, the College Now Mentoring Program has connected thousands of local students and volunteer mentors, all committed to the individual success of students, as well as the success of our region. We are proud to partner with Say Yes to Education by providing mentors for Say Yes scholarship recipients. Together, we can change the narrative for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio!

To get involved in this life-changing and ground-breaking program, apply below. Be someone who matters to someone who matters, and mentor a college student!

If you are already a mentor, you can log into Chronus here.

See the Impact of Our Mentoring Program

Watch our video

Why Mentor

Assist a college student on his/her path to success

Expand your leadership skills

Connect with over 2,000 other mentors in Cleveland

Contribute to Greater Cleveland’s success

Learn from your mentee!

How to Become a Mentor

1. Commit to working with a student through thecourse of college, during which time you exchange messages twice per month and meet three times per year

2. Hold a college degree

3. Complete an application and screening process:

    • Fill out our online application
    • Complete a twenty-minute phone interview
    • Attend a ninety-minute orientation
    • Pass a third-party background check facilitated and ordered by College Now

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor, contact Madeline Rife, Director of the Mentoring Program, at [email protected] or at 216.635.0163.

College Now thanks our program sponsor, Delta Dental, for their generous support!