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.

Requirements to become a mentor

  • 21 and older
  • Applicants must pass a background test, submit finger prints, and provide references
  • Have car insurance
  • Attend two trainings and the pairing day prior to being matched

Mentor Commitment

  • One year commitment
  • Meet with your mentee at least two times per month with weekly contact in between
  • Attend your monthly Community Workshop
  • We find that with the above expectations, our mentors and mentees are spending 8-12 hours per month together. The time commitment is very flexible, as you and your mentee will determine the time and place of your meetings.

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.