Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Enroot! We have already matched all of our students with mentors for the 2016-2017 school year. Your application will be moved a wait-list for next year, and we will look forward to working with you then.

Please click here to fill out our online application →

Volunteer Description

As a mentor, you are a role model, advisor, friend, and guide helping your mentee to dream big, set goals, and pursue them. All mentees in the Enroot Program are all immigrant high school students. Student s are in grades 9-12 at either Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) in Cambridge, MA or Somerville High School (SHS) in Somerville, MA.

What excites me the most about [Enroot] is that they care about the whole student-not just grades or test scores. Through mentoring, tutoring, job opportunities, field trips, and seminars, students get 360 degrees of support on top of their typical school day. Full time staff are dedicated to student and volunteer success, and the impact is measurable. The students want to be there, the volunteers keep coming back, and the entire experience is positive, productive, and powerful.
— Enroot Volunteer Committee member and mentor, Ariella Pasackow

This is volunteer opportunity is designed for you and your mentee to learn from one another and have fun. You may meet up for coffee and conversation, go to a movie, play basketball, work on a tough homework assignment or go on a college visit – it all depends on you and your mentee’s interests and needs. Though each relationship is a little different, you will likely guide your mentee in the following areas:

  • Building positive relationships
  • Exploring careers
  • Planning higher education
  • English language and culture

After an in-person interview and initial training, we match you with a student based on your interests, strengths, and preferences. Enroot staff support you throughout your time as a mentor. While the initial commitment is one academic year, many pairs continue their relationship for multiple years.

Time Commitment

Once a week for one academic year (October-June)

Mentoring typically happens between 6:00 PM-7:30 PM on Wednesday or Thursday.

Location and timing is dependent on the student's cohort and school. Please reach out to us for more information: volunteer@enrooteducation.org


4 hours of initial training required before volunteers are matched with students, and 2-4 hours of ongoing training after mentors and students are matched. 

There are optional networking and training events throughout the year mentors are invited to attend.