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Become a tnAchieves Mentor

tnAchieves, a partnering organization to Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Promise, serves primarily first generation, low income students in an effort to increase this population’s likelihood of earning a college credential.  While the funding provided by Tennessee Promise is critical to increased post-secondary access, tnAchieves data confirms that working with a mentor further enhances a student’s likelihood of entering the post-secondary pipeline.  In fact, UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research found that students participating with tnAchieves are nearly 21 percent more likely to enter college. 

tnAchieves mentors tell us that they spend less than ONE hour per month serving as a resource to our students.  The role is simple but significant as our mentors help our students reach their potential.  At its core, tnAchieves mentors complete an application, choose their preferred high school, complete a one-hour training session, attend two one-hour meetings, and communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text as they transition from high school to college. 

tnAchieves designed its mentoring program so even the busiest executive, parent, or young professional could make a meaningful impact.  Join tnAchieves as we seek to change lives and transform communities by www.tnachieves.org/mentor-application. 


Who can become a tnAchieves Mentor?

  • Any individual who wants to invest 10-15 hours annually assisting 5-10 high school seniors with post-secondary success
  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Subject to a background check

To become a tnAchieves mentor, you must...

  • Apply online by November 1
  • Complete mandatory mentor training by December 15
  • Attend mandatory January Team Meeting
  • Attend mandatory March Team Meeting

An effective mentor...

  • Makes initial contact with students before January Team Meeting
  • Reaches out to parents/guardians if possible
  • Reminds students of all meetings and deadlines
  • Attends January and March Team Meetings
  • Encourages students to reach their potential
  • Plays an active role in eliminating barriers associated with post-secondary access and success
  • Assists students with community service opportunities
  • Lessens the post-secondary intimidation factor by sharing personal experiences
    *Mentors will receive more information at mentor training

Don't have experience working in education? We will train you to feel comfortable working with your students!

If you are interested in becoming a tnAchieves Mentor, please review the requirements and apply here!

 Mentor recruitment for the Class of 2015 has concluded! If you have any questions, please contact Graham Thomas at 615.604.1306 or graham@tnachieves.org.

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Without tnAchieves, I would have been too frustrated with the overwhelming decisions and paperwork load.
- Hardin Valley H.S. Student
tnAchieves has given me the opportunity that will help me become anything I want to in life.
- Carter H.S. Student
As the only person in my family to ever go to college, tnAchieves has made it easier for me to understand what I need to do to succeed.
- Central H.S. Student
tnAchieves introduced me to my mentor, Charlee, who helped me get on track and kept me focused. With her help, I was able to realize that anything was possible.
- Fulton H.S. Student
My biggest goal is to go to college and follow my dream to become a nurse. This will help me make things better in my community.
- Gibbs H.S. Student
tnAchieves allowed me to build on the potential I know I have.
- Karns H.S. Student
All my life I always said that I would be the first in my family to make it to college and graduate. tnAchieves is helping my dream come true.
- Austin East H.S. Student
Going to college would be a milestone that I can not hope to reach without the help of tnAchieves.
- Powell H.S. Student
Receiving a tnAchieves scholarship lifted such a weight off my shoulders.
- South-Doyle H.S. Student