Breakthrough New York
Mentor NYC Students!
Company: Breakthrough New York
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Location: The Beacon School 522 W 44th St New York, NY 10036
Project Details


As a High School or College Access Mentor you will guide the success of BTNY High School students by supporting them through a year of high school, helping them to prepare for success in a 4-year college.


  • Mentor a core group of 12-15 1high school students in a specific grade level. Ensure that your students meet organizational expectations, including:
    • 85% or above in each academic class
    • Participation in at least two extracurricular activities
    • Attendance to all six Super Saturdays (and Seminars if in 9 th or 10 th grades)
    • College Access Mentors only: Apply to at least 12 best fit colleges (including at least 1 SUNY and 1 CUNY school)
    • College Access Mentors only: Submit all financial aid applications
    • College Access Mentors only: Apply to at least 5 scholarships
  • Conduct monthly check-ins by phone or video chat with a core group of 12-15 students, and report the information gathered during those meetings in a timely fashion
  • Work onsite during six Saturdays throughout the academic year with other HSMs, High School Coordinators and High School Director
  • Plan and co-teach grade level college readiness workshops for a small class of high school students with another Mentor
  • Complete 24+ hours of training and at least four hours of professional development during the year
  • Receiving feedback constructively in order to improve performance
  • Tracking and reporting student data
  • Other duties based on the grade level you are assigned


  • Can demonstrate experience and results with similar responsibilities to those listed above
  • Is passionate about forming mentoring relationships with students
  • Is passionate about supporting low-income, high-achieving students to earn admission to selective 4-year colleges
  • Is a current college student, graduate student, or recent college graduate based in the New York City area during the academic year
  • Maintains / maintained at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Will respond to email, phone calls, and texts from students and staff within 24 hours
  • Can commit to the entire 2018-19 academic year
  • Is confident with MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in particular), Google Suite, and comfortable learning new systems. Experience with Salesforce or other databases a plus.


  • Late August/ Early September - three full days of High School Mentor Training. Mentors can choose either August 17-19 or August 24-26.
  • High School Curriculum Night: August 29.
  • Tentative Professional Development Dates (Mentors should choose at least two to attend)
    • September 12/13
    • October 16/17
    • February 20/21
    • April 23/24
  • Tentative Super Saturday Dates:
    • September 22
    • November 10
    • December 15
    • February 9
    • March 23
    • May 11
  • Between Super Saturdays:
    • Remotely check in with each of your 12-15 students
    • Plan your lesson for the upcoming Super Saturday
    • Check-in Meeting with assigned High School Coordinator
    • Attend Professional Development Meeting with all HSMs and High School Coordinators
  • June - Complete Mentorship


  • This mentorship requires approximately 145-160 hours throughout the academic year, including:
  • 24 hours of internship training - August/ September
  • 50 hours of Saturday Programming -6 Saturdays throughout the academic year, 7am-4pm
  • 100 hours of student check-ins - 30 minute check-ins with each student within your cohort of 12-13 following each of the 6 Saturday programs, plus a half hour to report data gathered from each series of check-in’s
  • 12 hours of pre-Saturday lesson planning - About 2 hours of lesson planning per Saturday program
  • 10 hours of professional development support - 1 hour meeting with assigned High School Coordinator between each Saturday program, plus two two-hour sessions chosen by the HSM
  • 2 hours to attend the Fall Curriculum Night
  • 2 hours to attend one night of Seminar (only 9th and 10th grade mentors)


BTNY is strongly believes in selecting the top, qualified candidates. As a part of your offer you can expect to receive the following:

  • A base stipend of $1,750 (High School Mentors - 9th to 11th grade) or $2,250 (College Access Mentors - 12th grade)
    • Candidates can also choose to volunteer their time
  • A pre-paid MetroCard card to cover internship related travel expenses
  • Ongoing professional development support, including PD focused meetings and letters of recommendation


Complete the High School Mentor application online ( by Sunday,July 22 nd at 11:59PM and indicate your interest in CAM where prompted. This application also includes:

  • Resume
  • Current or Most Recent College Transcript (if available)
  • Recommendation Form (link shared through application, can be completed through August 5 th)

If you have any questions, please e-mail

General requirements
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Variable throughout the year (2-8 hours per week)
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