Career Mentoring Initiative

CDI Scholars are passionate about pursuing internships and careers, but they often don’t know where to begin. That’s why we need the support of our volunteers.

Our newly launched Career Mentoring Initiative focuses on career coaching and access to workforce opportunities through experiential learning and connects Scholars with accomplished professionals in their chosen fields.

The Career Mentoring Initiative is generously being supported by the Verstandig Family Foundation.

Why Mentoring?

Mentoring Gap: It is projected that 16 million young people will reach adulthood without connecting with a mentor. This means 1 in 3 young people will grow up without a mentor!

Leadership: At-risk young adults with a mentor are more likely to hold a leadership position in a club, sports team, school council, or another group (51% versus 22%).

Career Readiness: 78% of employers say employment no longer depends solely on a degree or academic major, but more on experience, practical sense, and the ability to do the job.


Mentor with CDI

CDI Mentors will serve as integral resource and support system as scholars work towards graduation, prepare for the workforce, and secure employment. As experienced professionals and thoughtful leaders, mentors volunteer their time to assist in the growth and development of our Scholars. Mentoring connections will be facilitated through our new online platform, CDI Connect. CDI Alumni will also be invited to join the network and serve as mentors! CDI offers two mentorship opportunities:

Spark Mentors are available for one-time mentoring opportunities from any college scholar who requests. Spark Mentors are able to set their availability, number of meetings per month, and industry/help topics of expertise. Expected Time Commitment: varies based off your availability


Direct Mentors are strategically matched with one college scholar for a one-to-one mentoring experience through the Direct Mentorship Program. Direct Mentors are committed to checking in with their matched scholar at least twice a month to discuss goals and work through professional development tasks. Expected Time Commitment: 6 hours per month


Become a CDI Mentor

As a CDI Mentor, You will be able to:

  • Empower the next generation by sharing your knowledge and experiences

  • Serve as a resource to first generation, low-income students

  • Share resources, job, and internship opportunities

  • Connect with CDI Scholar virtually from any location

CDI Mentor Eligibility

  • Be at least 21 years of age

  • Value higher education and have at least a bachelor’s degree

  • Have an appreciation for cultural diversity and an ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds

  • Enjoy working with college students

  • Commit to the academic school year (present – June)

  • Pass the volunteer background check requirements

For more information or to become a CDI  Mentor:

Visit CDI Connect to apply, explore the platform, and read more about the mentoring initiative!

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