LINK Mentors are pivotal to our Scholars’ success.
Our Scholars’ growth and future success is fueled by the unique relationship between LINK Mentors and Scholars. We match civic-minded professionals across a wide range of industries—from education and business to finance and medicine—who all share one goal: to transform the lives of high-potential Black students in Chicago.
Kathy became a LINK Mentor to pay it forward.
“When I became a LINK Mentor, I was excited about the prospect of having a direct—and hopefully positive—impact on the life of high school student. However, I was also a bit nervous about whether I would be able to establish a good connection. I found Noadiyah to be a bubbly, extroverted, funny, sweet, and mature young woman. I am delighted to have gotten to know her!
—Kathy, LINK Mentor 2017–present
Here’s the difference LINK Mentors make.
Our Mentors commit to guiding a Scholar for his or her entire fellowship. We provide training and resources to equip and support our Mentors in this vital piece of our fellowship model.
As a LINK Mentor, you will:
- Be a guide for your Scholar’s high school experience
- Support your Scholar’s progress in our fellowship
- Increase your Scholar’s social equity through professional advice & networking
What Mentors Do
Our Mentors walk with their LINK Scholar along their entire journey through their four-year high school fellowship.
Nurture your relationship with your Scholar
We recommend reaching out twice a month via phone, email, text, or video call and arranging at least four in-person engagements a year.
Show your Scholar support by attending three key LINK events
You’ll attend a Class Session, a College Fair, and an End of Year Celebration between September and June.
Make a personal investment in your Scholar’s future
You’ll give an annual financial investment for four consecutive years to help support your Scholar’s success in the fellowship.
The benefits of mentoring are a two-way street.
While many initially become a LINK Mentor as a way to give back, the experience is more than that. Our Mentors find that they receive an abundance of unexpected personal benefits, such as:
Greater self-confidence A lifelong friendship An expanded network Increased patience Feelings of effectiveness & purpose Increased cultural sensitivity Fulfillment of personal values Better handling of challenging situations Personal growth