Become a Volunteer!

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
We will be temporarily pausing our mentorship program until we are registered to become a nonprofit so that we can provide better safety precautions for our students. However, Through The Vine is now hosting webinars where our mentors can be on a panel and share their experiences and answer any questions the students may have. This will allow Through The Vine to more accurately track volunteer hours and ensure that during this time period, our mentors and mentees have a safe environment to interact in.
Sign up here to be on a panel for one of our scheduled webinars! We would highly appreciate it if you could volunteer your time to help our mentees and maintain your mentor position at Through The Vine.

If you’re currently a college student, volunteer with us! Help us prepare high schoolers for the college admissions process!

As of right now, you can either be a Mentor or an Essay Editor — maybe even both! Both positions involve training so that we can provide equally excellent assistance to all high school students.

Please apply only if you are certain that you can commit time to your position and carry out your tasks responsibly.

Mentor’s Responsibilities

The goal of our mentorship program is to provide accurate advice straight from a college student.

A mentor-mentee relationship is built on honesty and transparency, so our mentors must uphold those qualities. Mentors must be eager and able to learn more about the college admissions process through our short training process. Mentors must be willing to help high school students in their journey of applying to college and be open to sharing advice, tips, and their own experiences.

Once you’re matched with a mentee, we do not monitor your communication with them. You will be free to discuss any topics and provide whatever help they ask for!

How to become a Mentor:

Phase One

  1. Be a current college student.
  2. Fill out this form. Allow up to a week for us to review your application and contact you.

Phase Two

  1. You’ll be sent the training material (a PowerPoint and a quiz). Please complete it as soon as possible so we can match you with students sooner!
  2. If the quiz results are not satisfactory, we will contact you again with the issue(s) and you can take the quiz again!

Phase Three

  1. When approved, we’ll match you with your high school mentee who you’ll be giving your mentorship to! Please note that we can only match as many mentors to mentees as high school students available; we’ll try our best to quickly get you matched.

Essay Editor’s Responsibilities

Essay editors must have good writing skills. You must edit in a way that is helpful but doesn’t change the student’s personal voice. Essay editors must be aware of deadlines and finish editing their assigned essay within a week. They must also be able to communicate well as they’ll have to notify both the org and the student when the essay is finished. Additionally, editors must adhere to our method of editing.

How to become an Essay Editor:

Phase One

  1. Be a current college student.
  2. Fill out this form. Allow up to a week for us to review your application and contact you.

Phase Two

  1. You’ll be sent the training material (a PowerPoint and a sample essay). Please read through the PowerPoint and practice light and heavy editing with the sample essay.
    • Specific directions will be given to you in the email!
  2. Once you finish editing the sample essay appropriately, we will review your edited samples and decide if you’ll be an essay editor.

Phase Three

  1. When approved, we’ll assign you essays to be edited as submissions come in! Please note that we can only assign as many essays to editors as high school students available; we’ll try our best to quickly get you an assignment.