For Mentors

Summer Mentor Program

Applications Available January 2015

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We are looking for 12-14 mentors who are passionate about helping young people realize their incredible potential. Our mentors embody the qualities we look for in our student participants – highly motivated, patient, and energetic – and model appropriate and respectful behavior. This unique opportunity involves being a big sister/brother, confidante, role model and mentor while maintaining a very high level of professionalism.

Our mentors are college-age and older (usually between 19 and 26), have experience working with culturally and/or socio-economically diverse young people, and possess a solid knowledge base of U.S. racial history, civil rights and human rights history, and anti-oppression/anti-racist frameworks.

The dates for SYI 2015 are June 13-21. Mandatory mentor training will take place June 11-12, 2015 at the University of Mississippi. For applicants who are selected, a generous stipend is provided as well as room and board. However, mentors are responsible for their own transportation to and from SYI.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with the history, cornerstones, and objectives of SYI at http://winterinstitute.org/youth-engagement/summer-youth-institute/.