South Pacific Islander Organization
 
 

2019-20 College Mentorship Program

 
 
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What is the 2019-20 SPIO College Mentorship Program?

The 2019-20 SPIO College Mentorship Program is a pilot program designed by Pacific Islanders college students and graduates from around the world who recognize the challenges of accessing higher education. We believe in seeing confident Pacific Islander scholars achieving their dreams, which is why this mentorship program is designed to:

  1. Increase Pacific Islander access to higher education.

  2. Inspire Pacific Islander scholars to define and live a meaningful, successful life rooted in community and culture through personalized one-on-one mentorship. 

Join this exciting pilot program for the benefit of our greater Pacific community.


Become a Mentee

Eligibility

  • Currently applying to trade schools, universities, and/or colleges

  • Desire to attend an institution of higher education

Commitment

  • 20 minute webinar training

  • Weekly video chat meetings from September 2019-August 2020

Perks

  • 1:1 meetings with a Pacific Islander college student or professional

  • Support throughout the college and scholarship application process

Become a Mentor

Eligibility

  • Experience applying to colleges, universities, and/or trade schools

  • Minimum 1 year of college (preferred, college grad)

Commitment

  • 20 minute webinar training

  • Weekly video chat meetings from September 2019-August 2020

  • (Optional) Monthly 15-minute check-in video chats with SPIO advisors and fellow mentors

Perks

  • Sharpen mentorship and relationship-building skills

  • Encourage and empower a PI scholar

  • Join a startup mentorship pilot program

  • Empower Pacific Islander Excellence


Theory of Change

When we train graduated Pacific Islander (PI) professionals to be encouraging, supportive mentors/role models to PI middle school and high school students, when we provide students the tools and resources to learn about their educational and career options, and when we allow students to define what success means to them, PI students will have a healthy relationship with education, will have a deep sense of leadership, purpose and empowerment, and are more likely to live a meaningful, successful life rooted in community and culture. 

Impact

  • Increased resources for PIs in academic and professional fields. 

  • Increased PI representation in higher education. 

  • Increased PI representation across academic and professional fields.


Join our Mentorship Pilot Program

 

Space is limited. Apply soon!

Please review 2019-20 SPIO Mentorship Policies and Procedures Manual before applying.

For any inquiries or questions about the Mentorship Program, please email mentorship@southpacificislander.org

Our Design Team