Become a Mentor
The First Generation Harvard Alumni Mentor Program aims to support current first generation Harvard students during their freshman year. The Program pairs first generation students with first generation alumni, creating the match based on similarities in academic and professional interests, geographic proximity and other criteria.
The mentor program has been a success since it was launched in 2012 with 17 mentors, and there has been greater demand for mentors each year. 2014-2015 saw 93 Harvard alumni mentoring over 130 incoming freshmen and in 2015-16, we paired 115 Harvard first gen alumni with 134 incoming first gen freshmen and over 100 alumni were matched with 110 freshman the last two years.
Given the strong interest from entering freshmen, we expand the program every year and we invite you to get involved. We are always in need of mentors with diverse backgrounds and experiences. In particular, we are seeking alumni who can mentor students interested in careers in medicine, the arts, and law, as well as students who self-identify as Latino/Hispanic, Women in Science, First-Generation Immigrants, and Women in Business. If you can connect with students in these areas, we highly encourage you to apply to be a mentor for the coming academic year!
You are eligible to be a mentor if:
· You graduated from Harvard College or any Harvard graduate school.
· You were a first-generation college student at your undergraduate institution.
· You can devote 2 hours each month to mentor a Harvard undergraduate, virtually or in person, during the 2018-19 school year.
Mentors are expected to communicate – whether at an in-person meeting, through e-mail or by telephone – at least once per month. This relationship begins with a one-year commitment and may continue for the duration of the student’s time at Harvard, if both people wish this to be the case. You can be a valuable resource for a current student even if you do not live near Cambridge and are only available by phone, email, or other electronic means.