Founded in December of 2012, Scholar Career Coaching is a United Way of Palm Beach County mentoring program affiliate focuses on addressing the needs of disadvantaged students in South Florida by minimizing the gap between at-risk students and the percentage of degrees earned. As an after school-based program in Palm Beach County, we equip students with services and tools to promote their academic and career future success. Scholar Career Coaching’s mission is to Coach, Motivate, and Support college-bound students in South Florida, with a focus on English as a Second Language (ESL) through mentoring services and scholarships.
We provide services that reinforce our students’ needs through college and career readiness, financial literacy, and soft skill trainings. Our academic and career development support services include mentoring, SAT and ACT tutoring, standardized testing waivers, college admission waivers, and scholarships assistance.
We partner with experienced volunteer professionals and graduate-level students in various industries who have a desire to guide our youth in the program who demonstrate high need and high potential. We call them Mentors! They serve as role models and inspirational examples to our youth.
While these passionate volunteers now have established themselves, many of them at one time faced the same questions, doubts, and struggles that their young mentees currently face. Sharing their knowledge and experiences in academic achievement, career exploration, interviewing, resume building, and more, while having traveled similar paths, these mentors are in prime positions to provide positive guidance and encouragement to the next generation of leaders.
Between 2014 and 2019, we have engaged over 75 volunteers; awarded 38 private scholarships thanks to our sponsors and fundraising efforts; and served 750+ students from our targeted mentoring programs delivered in person at our local high school partners by dedicated mentors.
In our recent participation satisfaction survey, 100% of students said they learned skills from their mentors that clarified choices toward career paths. 95% percent felt more capable and confident to succeed academically from the mentoring relationship. 85% percent stated that they would have liked to meet with their mentor more often.