Green Halo Mentors

Help students achieve their dreams

Green Halo mentors play a key role in supporting our scholars and are critical to the success of our program.

Build Relationships

Make a Difference

Take Pride

Green Halo Scholars supports first-generation and low-income high school seniors in the western suburbs with getting to and through college. A key pillar of our program is one-on-one mentorship, as our mentors support our scholars through the college admissions process and beyond.

Green Halo mentors support scholars with their college search, assist them in preparing their college applications and essays, and help them to understand how to make college affordable through grants and scholarships. Mentors will support their students in completing the Common App, writing college application essays, completing the FAFSA, applying for outside scholarships, and engaging with college admissions officers. Our mentors help our scholars stay engaged, encouraged, and organized along their path to college.

Our Green Halo mentors have the needed support from our team along the way. In addition, our community partnerships allow our scholars to access tutoring, college counseling, and test prep when needed, thanks to the generosity of our partners.

Mentors commit to one year of volunteering (beginning in May). Mentors are expected to meet with their scholars at least once a month and more frequently from August to October. Our mentors meet as a group (virtually) once a month for a mentor workshop.

Some knowledge of the college admissions process and/or experience working with high school seniors will be helpful. A Bachelor’s Degree is required. While nearly all activities can be conducted virtually, knowledge of the education landscape in the western suburbs of Chicago is ideal.

Mentors receive training during various workshops over the spring and are welcome to attend our regularly scheduled mentor calls to become familiar with the program before joining.

As a nonprofit, we rely heavily on our volunteer mentors, who are the backbone of our organization’s success.

Meet a few of our Green Halo Mentors

Mentor Dayna
Dayna likes being able to provide her mentors with guidance and assistance. She finds it very rewarding to see them go from being afraid of the college process to being thrilled about their acceptances and the next chapter of their lives.

Dayna | Green Halo Mentor

Mentor Mika
Mika Deshmukh is one of our amazing mentors who has been with our organization for over a year and a half. During that time, her favorite part of mentoring has been seeing her mentees’ excitement upon their first college acceptances! Mika says, “It makes all of the hard work of applications worth it.” When she is not helping our scholars, Mika works as a strategist at a healthcare & wellness advertising agency. She also enjoys cardio kickboxing and going to concerts around the city.

Mika | Green Halo Mentor

Contact us for more information on becoming a mentor