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Starting Point Mentorship Program

For Mentees

The Starting Point Mentorship Program (SPMP) pairs eligible community college students with current UC Berkeley student mentors that offer guidance, motivation and access to admissions, campus, and community resources.

The program is specifically designed to encourage California Community College students from backgrounds that are underserved and/or "non-traditional" in higher education (re-entry students, student parents, veteran students, low income, first generation college students, underrepresented students, disabled students, etc.) and encourages all students to explore their academic potential and prepare for transfer to UC Berkeley.  Mentoring is conducted through email, phone calls, campus visits, workshops, and the use of online technologies. 

Online application opens on July 7th.  To participate in the Starting Point Mentorship Program, please submit the online application form at the following link:  

STARTING POINT APPLICATION

For additional information, direct your questions via email to startingpoint@berkeley.edu.   

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For Current UCB Students that want to become Mentors

SPMP is a great opportunity to build community, gain leadership and mentoring skills, and give back to the community through helping aspiring community college students reach their academic potential.  In addition to working with a small cohort of mentees, mentors are typically required to take a weekly 1 hour seminar (1-2 units are available.

Mentors can choose one section on either Tuesday or Wednesday from 2-3 pm in room 105 Cesar Chavez.  Course Control Numbers:

Social Welfare 197 Sec. TBD  CCN: TBD

First session will  be in third week of classes (9/9 and 9/10)

For additional information, direct your questions via email to startingpoint@berkeley.edu.