For Mentors

2016 Summer Mentor Program: June 9-19 | Application Process Closed

SYI 2015

The Summer Mentor Program selects just 8-10 people each year to serve as Mentors for our Summer Youth Institute. Our Mentors are passionate about helping young people realize their incredible potential. They embody the qualities we look for in our student participants – highly motivated, patient, and energetic – and ask them to 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 recent college graduates and graduate students (usually between 22 and 30 years old), 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 2016 are June 11-19. Mandatory mentor training will take place June 9-10 at the University of Mississippi. For applicants who are selected, room and board are provided as well as a $1350 stipend. However, mentors are responsible for their own transportation to and from SYI and any incidental costs.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with the history, cornerstones, and objectives of SYI at


Summer Youth Institute Mentors will:

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of U.S. racial history, civil rights and human rights history, and anti-oppression/anti-racist frameworks
  • Work independently and effectively with staff, participants, parents, and community partners of diverse backgrounds and varying educational levels
  • Possess effective presentation and communication skills and demonstrate the ability to initiate, implement and coordinate projects
  • Show sensitivity to the needs of high school students.
  • Employ strategic planning skills and collaborate with and motivate others
  • Co-lead or co-facilitate workshop(s) according to her/his unique skill set

Apply to be a Mentor!


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