“I think it is great to help young people to realize the value of giving back to the community as someone once did for me. By serving as a mentor, I am passing that message on and helping people grow by giving back to their communities.”
— Paul, Trinity College, 2009
Volunteering as a mentor with Students for Service is a satisfying and rewarding experience as we offer a unique opportunity to participate in the growth and development of teens. As a mentor, you will play a vital role in instilling leadership and civic engagement values in our teen volunteers.
Mentors choose a service initiative (Community Improvement. Environment, Hunger & Poverty, Literacy & Learning, and Urban Agriculture) and supervise our high school students at service events on Saturdays and school holidays throughout the academic year, alongside staff from our non-profit partners. By working our alongside our non-profit and corporate partners, our mentors also benefit from professional networking opportunities.
Be a Students for Service mentor and help our teen volunteers achieve their full potential and become the next leaders for change.
How to Apply
Send inquiries, cover letter and resume to:
What Our Mentors are Saying about Students for Service
“As a recent college graduate with a new job, I was looking for opportunities to remain active in the community. Students for Service is a great fit with my experiences mentoring students in college. I serve as a Literacy & Learning mentor because of my interest in education reform.”
— Bonnie, Syracuse University, 2012
“As a high school student I enjoyed volunteering and community service projects immensely. I felt I was making a real difference in the community even if it was just for a few hours after school. I enjoy working with Students for Service as I get the same positive feeling plus a chance to interact with passionate, intelligent, and wonderful high school students!”
— Damini, Barnard College, 2015
“Some people are not as lucky we are; the running water, shelters, and beds we have may not cross our minds when we use them, but many people wish they had at least these things in their lives. By helping those in need, I feel that I am giving people hope. It is also a way of showing appreciation for the things I take for granted most of the time.”
— Michael, CUNY Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, 2015
“Someone championed on my behalf despite my odds growing up in the housing projects of Brooklyn. So now, how do I pay it forward? I pay it forward by volunteering, which has become more than an extracurricular activity for me; it is engrained, it is a way of life. It is not only about helping people, but it is about pleasing people in such a way that you give them the best customer service ever! You may not be able to control the forces in their life, but you can control how you treat people. If you are lucky, you may even learn a few things about one another.”
— Lookman, Syracuse University, 2012
“I am the Mentor Manager at Students for Service. I volunteer at Students for Service because I believe service and giving back to the community is instrumental for a person to mature and grow. Students for Service is not only a way to help our neighborhoods but a great way to meet people who are just as dedicated and determined to making a difference!”
— Perry Rahman, Barnard College, 2015