Be the mentor you always wish you’d had.

At Denver Urban Scholars, we believe in the power of a positive mentor on the lives of our students. From our research, we have learned that caring adults and education matter when it comes to supporting our youth. According to the National Governors’ Association, children who lack consistent and positive adult relationships are at high risk for academic failure and other school-related problems.

Mentors report many personal benefits from participation, including:

  • A sense of reward for helping a young person in their journey
  • Perspective on life from witnessing the perseverance of these young people
  • A community of like-minded, civic individuals/fellow mentors
  • A sense of fulfillment from being a consistent, accountable role model to mentees

With your support, Scholars will have the opportunity to better realize their full potential and clearly see a positive path towards their future.

Group Mentoring

In addition to 1:1 mentoring, we also seek Group Mentors for our 6th grade students. As a Group Mentor, you will work with a small group students 1-2 hours each week at their school, alternating between delivering curriculum and offering a group study hall. By joining in the learning process, being curious, and participating along with students, you will make a huge impact on their path toward success.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the requirements to become a mentor?

A: We are looking for adults 21 and older. Applicants must pass a background test, submit finger prints, and provide references. Mentors must also have car insurance and attend two trainings before being matched.

Q: How long am I expected to be a mentor?

A: We ask for a one year time commitment.

Q: How often will I meet with my mentee?

A: We expect our mentors to meet with their mentees at least two times per month, face to face, with weekly contact in between. This time commitment is very flexible, as you and your mentee will determine the time and place of your meetings.

Q: What is the time commitment to meet with my mentee each month?

A: We find that with the above expectations, our mentors and mentees are spending 8-12 hours per month together.

Getting Started

If becoming a mentor sounds like a fit for you, we encourage you to submit your application through the link below. We are currently accepting new mentors to be matched with amazing students!


Have questions about becoming a mentor or volunteering for Denver Urban Scholars? Send an email or call 303-946-7863.