The core of CPE’s program model relies on recruiting, training, and supporting college-educated, volunteer mentors. The relationship is heavily supported by CPE Program Coordinators, who provide the curriculum on the college and financial aid application processes and other indicators. Today, CPE stands out from other mentoring organizations by having a surplus of matched and ready-to-be-matched mentors, and by having more than 85 percent of its mentors fulfill or exceed their two-year relationship commitment.
Each CPE mentor commits to the following:
- At least a two-year one-on-one mentoring relationship
- Meeting with your student once per month
- Calling/emailing your student each week
- Being a reliable resource and friend
CPE students are not the only ones who benefit from the mentoring relationship.
Being a mentor enables you to:
- Have fun.
- Achieve personal growth, learn more about yourself.
- Improve your self-esteem and feel you are making a difference.
- Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity.
- Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work.
- Enhance your relationships with your own children.
Learn more about the benefits of becoming a mentor.
How do I become a CPE mentor?
CPE mentors help our students realize their full potential and accomplish amazing things. At the heart of CPE’s success in getting low-income students to and through college is the relationship each student has with his or her mentor. Our mentoring program is different because we provide an extraordinary level of support to foster the most beneficial relationships between each student and mentor.
To become a mentor, you will need to:
- Complete an online CPE Mentor Application. Click here to fill out our application.
- Attend an orientation session
- Participate in a one-on-one interview
- Submit personal and professional references
- Pass background and fingerprint screenings