What is Academic Mentoring?

A trusted caring adult volunteers with their mentee using Be A Mentor’s Virtual Mentoring Platform.

Mentors focus on goal setting, homework help, and career exploration. While there may be a focus on homework help in the meetings, these sessions are more than just tutoring. Mentees form a personal relationship with their mentor to build resilience, social engagement, and a support network.

Virtual mentoring removes barriers of distance, requires no commute time, and can offer a flexible schedule.


Are you a parent or guardian of a youth between the ages of 7 and 24? Would you like more support both academically and personally for them?

Academic Mentoring gives young people accountability, support, and self-confidence at no cost. This is especially important right now, when so many youth are struggling due to the ongoing pandemic.

Academic Mentors are a diverse group of adults representing a vast array of occupations and experiences.

Each mentor completes a background check prior to being available for parents/guardians to match with their child.

The meetings will focus on academic support in one or more areas (depending on your child’s needs, and the skills of the mentor). The Academic Mentor will also spend time to supporting the youth in a mentoring capacity, through listening and prioritizing what is important to the mentee in their life, and setting both academic and personal goals.


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This new, free-to-youth program is available by invitation only, for now. It will be rolled out to more youth soon.

Do you want to sign up for Academic Mentoring for you or your child?

Are you from a school or youth-serving agency and would like to partner with Be A Mentor to bring mentoring to the youth you work with? Fill out this form.


We need your special skills and perspective to show a young person what opportunities they have and give them the confidence to work towards big goals.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has exacerbated many of the issues that youth were facing before the pandemic.

Now youth are dealing with:

  • Isolation
  • Anxiety
  • Falling behind in their studies
  • Low self esteem
  • Disbelief in a positive future

12% of high school dropouts are unemployed (more than twice the national average).

Academic Mentoring is life changing for youth.

Mentors Provide:

  • One-on-one attention
  • Study skills
  • Academic support
  • Goal setting
  • Encouragement for success


  • Learn resilience
  • Gain self-confidence
  • Set bigger and bigger goals
  • Graduate High School and Complete Post-Secondary Education
  • Become successful, contributing, adult citizens

To become a mentor, you will need to pass a background check, provide proof of identity, attend an online training, and fill out a profile of your skills and experience. Parents of mentees will choose mentors that match their child’s needs based on time availability, skills, and more.

Because Academic Mentoring is entirely online you can do it from anywhere that you have an internet connection.


Join Be A Mentor today to bring a new corporate volunteer program to your company. Partnering with organizations like yours allows us to bring mentoring to more youth that need it.

Your business benefits from an enhanced corporate image and commitment to social responsibility, an increased pool of eligible workers, an increase of employee engagement thru volunteerism, and an enhanced business culture that employees can feel good about.

Benefits of Volunteerism

Academic Mentors report that they:

  • Feel a sense of accomplishment
  • Gain a connection to the community
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Become better communicators

Virtual volunteering is our new normal:

  • Keeps your employees safe during the pandemic
  • Allows for flexible scheduling
  • Removes barriers like distance and commuting

How Does It Work?

Your company encourages employees to be Academic Mentors.

Because Academic Mentoring is entirely online you can do it from anywhere that you have an internet connection.

Your company receives an annual report on volunteering hours completed.

The only fees are for the cost of the background checks for each employee volunteer, which can be paid for either by your company or your employees.


  • sign up online and agree to a background check
  • complete an online training
  • use Be A Mentor’s Virtual Academic Mentoring Platform to schedule and meet with youth once a week for the calendar year.

Interested in learning more about how you can start a Corporate Volunteer Program? Have questions? Fill out this form to learn more. Or use the calendar below to set up a meeting with our President.