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.
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 4: Pass a Live Scan background check (more info 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 staff. We are here to help!
CSU & Other Students: Email Hailey
LBCC Students: Email Yesenia “Yesi”