America Needs You (ANY) engages young professionals as mentors for first-generation college students.

Image The ANY Experience has contributed to my personal development, ability to learn about others, and potential to make an impact in my community. I've learned so much from working with Fellows, they have taught me to be a better leader, to be more vulnerable, and to question that status quo. Danielle Truitt, NY Mentor Coach

Become a Mentor Coach

Work alongside a first-generation college student for two years as they explore careers and receive professional development training.

As a Mentor Coach, you will:

  • Attend monthly, half day Saturday workshops and regular check-ins with your Fellow.
  • Cultivate their strengths.
  • Help them secure internships and overcome obstacles.
  • Build your own leadership skills.
  • Grow your network.
  • Find mentorship and community amongst hundreds of other Mentor Coaches.

Apply to be a Mentor Coach.

Single Day Volunteer Opportunities

These roles can be one-time or recurring – it’s up to you! 

Saturday Workshop [In-Person]
Join us at one of our sties for a Saturday workshop from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM (in your respective time zone). You’ll provide valuable insight into your industry by sharing your knowledge and unique experience as a professional, helping first-generation college students explore career paths and hone their skills.

Informational Interviews [Virtual]
Help Fellows practice their interviewing skills and provide targeted feedback they can use for future opportunities.

Mock Interviews [Virtual]
Help Fellows practice their interviewing skills and provide targeted feedback they can use for future opportunities.

To sign up for a volunteer opportunity, create a profile here. You will then be able to choose from specific dates and topics. 

See our calendar of volunteer events here.

Volunteer FAQs

We are looking for college graduates with 1+ years of work experience post graduation that are willing to share their industry expertise and network. Volunteers must care about advancing racial equity and supporting economic mobility for first-generation college students and support our mission.

We have opportunities to volunteer with ANY all year long! Check out our calendar of events for upcoming single day volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor Coach, applications are accepted through June with programming beginning in July.

Mentor Coaches are matched one-on-one with an ANY Fellow and work with that same Fellow for their two-year participation in the program. Mentor Coaches participate in one half-day workshop a month along with individualized support to their fellows based on availability and need.

Single day volunteer opportunities can be one-time or recurring (ie. workshops, Career Roundtables, mock interviews) where you will meet with several of our Fellows, offering your personal expertise and professional experience.

The Fellows program currently operates in California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.

At this time, our single day opportunities are virtual, so you may participate from anywhere! Please keep in mind Saturday workshops are from 10:00-2:00PM in the site’s respective time zone.

If you are signing up to be a Mentor Coach, you must reside in that site location as you will need to participate in in-person events. 

All of our volunteer opportunities will be virtual through May 2022. We are planning to resume in-person volunteer opportunities beginning in July 2022 in addition to continuing with some of our virtual programming.

For all of our single day volunteer opportunities, you will attend a brief orientation/onboarding immediately before your event.

Mentor coaches will be trained and onboarded at the start of programming in July and receive support from ANY staff throughout the program.

As a volunteer, you will work alongside our ANY Fellows, helping them achieve their career ambitions. You will have the opportunity to network with highly accomplished professionals from a variety of industries, serve as a role model and resource for our community, and gain access to exclusive professional development events. 

91% of volunteers said partnering with ANY has provided more personal fulfillment compared to other volunteer opportunities.

85% said they’ve expanded their professional networks through ANY.

84% said volunteering with ANY has made them a better leader or manager.

In addition to the above, there are countless intangible benefits to joining ANY; you will make lifelong friends (we’ve even had married couples meet through ANY!), be exposed to new perspectives, and equip the next generation with knowledge you wish you’d had in college.

Yes! We would love to have you join us as a mentor coach! You can apply here.

You can learn more about our eligibility requirements for Fellows here.

As part of the two-year program, Fellows receive extensive career development training, one-on-one mentorship, opportunities to interact with robust professional networks, and holistic support to overcome personal and academic challenges, such as transferring from a community college.