This spring, CollegeSpring Southern California organized its first volunteer opportunities as a way for professionals to get involved with our work. Through the Host a Mentor program, which was organized by the Southern California Young Professionals Board, volunteers hosted a small group of mentors at their company for the day. Mentors were able to tour offices across a variety of fields, converse with professionals about career options and learn about how to prepare themselves for the working world after college.
Because CollegeSpring mentors are so important to student success and motivation, the organization is constantly seeking ways to give back to them and recognize their hard work. The Host a Mentor program is one way that CollegeSpring shows its appreciation for mentors.
The events were a hit both with mentors, who were overjoyed with the experience and with professionals, who found the opportunity to meet with college students and hear more about CollegeSpring’s work extremely rewarding.
“I was very grateful that the professionals at Ares were willing to offer their time and wisdom to meet with us. After all, they have a company that manages billions of dollars and we’re just green college students who don’t have many skills, if any, that would be beneficial to them.
When one of the professionals mentioned that he would invite students to have coffee with him and chat over their questions and dreams, I realized that being a CollegeSpring Mentor was not so different than a professional hosting a mentor. I realized these very successful business men and women were once like me, a young student figuring things out; they had listened to the mentors who helped them and now, in a position of experience, they wanted to give back to the next generation.
I felt the same sensation when I was seeking the position of CollegeSpring Mentor and I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to meet my students and impart my knowledge to assist them in high school. ” -CollegeSpring Mentor on her experience at Ares Management
Thank you so much to the volunteers at Ares Management, Gibson Dunn, the U.S. District Court and Vixlet who created such an amazing experience for our mentors!