Make a difference in the life of a student today
and nurture the growth of a leader tomorrow
Do you want to help a promising high school student find their purpose and unlock their potential? Work with students who can learn from your insights and apply them to their educational and career paths? Develop a “diamond in the rough” who grows into a shining example of success and leadership?
Then the SUPER 20 Mentor Program is for you.
SUPER 20 is a high school leadership program for underrepresented high school sophomores, students with great promise who will benefit from the expertise and life experiences of a successful mentor. Students receive a college scholarship, a four-week leadership course, and mentoring—which will set up these promising young students for success in college and their careers.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2021
RNL President and CEO Dr. Sumit Nijhawan discusses being a SUPER 20 Mentor
Students who receive mentorship are more likely to see improved academic, social, and economic prospects.
✔ 1 in 3 young people grow up without a mentor.1
✔ Disadvantaged teens with a mentor are 2x more likely to attend college.2
✔ Students with mentors are 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.3
A SUPER 20 Mentor is an experienced and trusted advisor
The individual who mentors SUPER 20 students believes that one person can make the difference in someone’s life, and that education is one of the most powerful tools for changing the world.
SUPER 20 Mentors are committed to each SUPER 20 student from their sophomore year of high school onward, assisting with the development and progression of the SUPER 20 student through the program, the college selection process, graduation from high school, and beyond.
The commitment is at least two years (or until your mentee’s high school graduation) to include the following:
- Mentor orientation (conducted online)
- Required reading: book assignment to be provided by SUPER 20 program to be done along with mentee
- Weekly one-hour meeting during SUPER 20 four-week program
- Participation at SUPER 20 program graduation ceremony either in-person or online (Summer 2021, date TBD)
- Up to two hours of monthly meetings via phone or video following the completion of the SUPER 20 four-week program
Traits of a SUPER 20 Mentor
- Compassionate and empathetic
- An advocate for and supporter of diversity and inclusion
- Excellent communication skills
- Active listening skills
- Respect for young people
- Maintains a good balance between fun and professional activities, thus being able to relate well to high school students
- Sees challenges as opportunities
Benefits of Being a Mentor
- Personal growth and learning more about oneself
- Gain a better understanding of different cultures
- Develop a greater appreciation for diversity
- Further develop leadership skills
- Gaining a bigger sense of purpose by giving back