There are several opportunities available for ongoing volunteer service at the Starfish Initiative after school.:
Mentorship is the core, the heart of our business. We provide one-on-one mentors to ambitious teens for four years of high school to prepare them for the realities of college life. In the context of that mentoring relationship we introduce college access programming such as college visits, personality and career-affinity assessments, scholarship assistance, and funding assistance.
And our mentors are successful in their work. One hundred percent of the students who complete the Starfish program graduate high school and 98% are accepted into a college or university! We are similarly proud of our persistence rate: an extraordinary 78% of our graduates are sticking with it, still in college or have attained their degree.
Our mentors are college coaches preparing our Scholars to get out there, get their degree and take charge of their life. The Scholars will likely refer to them throughout their lifetime as the people who stood beside them – the people who believed in them – the people who helped them achieve their vision of success – the people who helped change their lives forever.
Starfish Mentors make a two-year commitment to their Scholar. In those two years, we ask that you and your Scholar meet twice a month, then call, text, or email once on the “off” weeks. A very high percentage of our Mentors ask to remain with their Scholar the second two years of high school – for the big pay off: high school graduation and college entrance!
If you’re interested in finding out more about this opportunity, email Ellen Salmon at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Starfish Initiative
Starfish Initiative is a college access and readiness program serving economically disadvantaged high school students in Marion County, Indiana.
We believe that mentoring is the key to improving the educational attainment and future of today’s youth. To that end, we match every student in the Starfish program with a college-educated, volunteer adult mentor whose job is to help walk their student into college.
Thanks to the guidance of their mentors, 100 percent of the Starfish Scholars who completed the four-year program have graduated from high school and 98% have been accepted by colleges or universities across Indiana — and beyond.
With a commitment to long-term, community-based mentoring, leadership training and college access programming, Starfish Initiative is uniquely placed in the community to improve graduation rates, post-secondary educational access and make a difference for students and their families — one at a time.