The Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program (GLP), formerly the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy, has exciting volunteer opportunities for adult professionals and undergraduate students who are interested in mentoring diverse, high-achieving high school seniors. GLP aims to inspire students to lead and serve their communities through STEM and access higher education. College and Career Mentors support our scholars as they navigate the college application and matriculation process. From reviewing essays and helping Scholars prepare for interviews to discussing potential majors and initial college course selection, mentors play an integral role in supporting our students’ pursuit of higher education.
Global Leaders Program: College and Career Access
The Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program places a strong emphasis on college and career programming. Throughout the 2-year program students participate in workshops, field trips, and career exploration events as well as receiving college advising and application assistance. During their senior year in our program, Scholars complete 10+ college applications, participate in interview prep sessions, attend unique college fair and other targeted networking opportunities, and develop financial literacy skills. 100% of Global Leaders Scholars have enrolled in college after high school graduation.
What are the College and Career Mentor expectations?
- Attend a majority of monthly college preparation workshops at Illinois Tech (beginning in October). Schedule of monthly workshops available here.
- Serve as one (of several) reviewers of college application essays
- Discuss potential majors/careers in line with Scholars’ interests
- Check-in with mentees once monthly (via email or phone) to touch base on their progress
- Serve as a positive role model
What are the benefits to becoming a GLP College and Career Mentor?
- Support teens in their pursuit of higher education
- Receive professional development and mentorship orientation
- Connect with and receive support from mentors from across the city
- Have fun and learn from Scholars, fellow mentors, and program staff!
To apply to be a GLP College and Career Mentor, please to fill out our application HERE. Questions about becoming a College and Career Mentor can be directed to Luke Chitwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.