September 21, 2015

Become A Mentor

Academic Mentoring Program

The Academic Mentoring Program (AMP) matches college students with youth, one-on-one, to support the youth’s academics, character development, and future thinking.

Academic Mentoring with a Purpose

A BLAST “Academic Mentor” is a trusted and influential college student who is also a consistent, caring, and committed role- model to a younger student. Although BLAST does not provide in-home services, we do partner with a number of schools and community-based sites in the greater Long Beach area which kindly host our college student volunteers and provide a safe, nurturing environment designed to empower and inspire students of all ages.  Through patient guidance and positive role modeling, BLAST volunteers are able to emphasize the importance of academics and encourage their mentee’s success.

Each year our Academic Mentoring Program strategically pairs 500 college students with a youth facing adversity, one-to-one, and is uniquely equipped to foster relationships that work towards academic gains, strengthen character development, and encourage higher education and future success.

Youth in the program, and those on our waiting list, are referred by principals, teachers, school counselors, and after-school program directors for academic assistance, building healthy relationships, and goal setting.

Mentor Now!

Apply Today!  There are hundreds of youth in Long Beach in need of an Academic Mentor.

It’s Easy to Get Started!

Step 1: Apply Online!!

Step 2: Submit negative TB Test results (More info at Orientation/Training Session) READ ME!!!!

Step 3: Sign-up for and attend an Orientation/Training Session

Step 4: Pass a Live Scan background check (Live Scan is free of charge. More information will be provided at Orientation/Training Session)

All it takes is…

  • A genuine compassion and care for youth
  • The ability to role model good behavior and encourage academic and personal growth
  • A minimum commitment of 20 hours and 8 weeks

For more information, contact our us at: We are here to help!