Mentor a Student

Have an hour? Change a student’s life!

A Hillsborough Education Foundation Take Stock in Children mentor is a role model who encourages the development of a student by providing emotional support, fostering confidence and facilitating academic goal setting and college readiness. It’s a chance to introduce a student to a world of opportunities he or she may not know exists without your guidance.

Click here to see where we have the highest need for mentors.
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What Is Hillsborough Education Foundation’s mentoring program?

Our mentoring program provides a unique opportunity—offering deserving students a caring volunteer mentor who is committed to the development of each student’s potential and continuous involvement from skilled student advocates who engage in educational and career counseling.

Students in our program face financial challenges and other obstacles that may prevent them from graduating high school or going to college. Our scholars are committed to working hard and maintaining their grades in hopes for a brighter future.

A Mentor’s Commitment

Mentors meet one-on-one with their scholar several times each month, typically one hour per week during school hours (flexible virtual mentoring opportunities are available!)

Mentor Qualifications:

  • 18 years or older
  • Have a high school diploma
  • Complete a 90-minute mentor training
  • Make a minimum of one school year commitment
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Must document their mentoring sessions weekly online
  • Be honest, caring, patient, flexible, reliable and open-minded
  • Possess good listening, problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Follow all Take Stock in Children’s policies and procedures and abide by all Hillsborough County Public Schools policies and procedures
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Ready to take action?

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Apply to Be a Mentor

If you meet the mentor qualifications above, please fill out our mentor application and we will reach out to you to schedule a training.