Coach a high school junior on college- and career-related writing skills via weekly e-mail, instant message, and/or phone conferences. Topics may include college essays, resumes, cover letters, and e-mail etiquette. Volunteers will read, edit, and make suggestions about student writing each week and listen, give advice, and assist students with personal goal-setting.
Open Books Orientation, VWrite training, background check, resume, and sample cover letter (one you have used in the past is just fine).
Volunteers need computer, internet, and phone access, strong professional writing and editing skills, and the ability to schedule regular times to communicate online and by phone with assigned student. Ideal mentors will have experience communicating or working with teenagers.
Virtual -- mentoring is done by phone and email.
Schedule and Commitment:
An 8 week session. Dates are determined by the participating school. While the program is virtual and you and your student will set your own weekly schedule, you must be available for a couple of in-person events to get things started. Mentors put in an average of 2-5 hours per week.
Fill out the Volunteer Signup form
and attend an orientation. After you've met us and sent Ava your application, we'll put you on the VWrite match list and set you up with a student in an upcoming session. Already attended an orientation? Then just contact Ava ([email protected]
or 312.475.1355 x119) and let her know you want to help!