Programs for Youth

Shadow Day

Cal Students! Have a high school student shadow YOU for a day! Inspire them and give them the “inside story” on what college could offer them.

Applications for Cal mentors available, click here for online form.

Shadow Day brings together over 600 participants including 300 high school students from neighboring communities (Oakland, Richmond and Berkeley) to be matched with 300 current UC Berkeley students in one- on-one pairs. Many of the high school students are not “college- tracked” and are under-represented in the university system. These students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. For many of them, they have not applied to college and will be visiting a college campus for the first time. They will be given the opportunity to learn first-hand, from Cal students, what college is really like.

The day begins in the morning when the high school students arrive to find their Cal volunteer, and continues throughout the day with the pair going to classes, workshops, and touring campus. We will also provide breakfast, lunch, and t-shirts to all our participants. Most importantly, we will be providing an opportunity for high school students to be inspired to acquire information and help in applying and paying for college.

Contact us at to find out how you can become a mentor.

Pre-Kindergarten Enrichment Program (PEP)

Volunteers Needed all year long including Summer!
Super flexible scheduling with adorable toddlers!
1 ED 197 Education unit available 

Have the time of your life while mentoring preschoolers.  This program is designed for you to directly interact with the toddlers in their colorfully fun classroom settings.  You get to feel like a preschooler again! The program serves over 8 low income classrooms in Berkeley and Oakland.  You can choose to volunteer any day of the week and the program has very flexible scheduling!  Come have some fun and volunteer!

Download application here. For more information call (510) 848-6370 or e-mail


Be a Mentor for Girls in Oakland! No technology background required to be a mentor!
1 197 Education unit available

Become an intern today! Meet new people & make new friends, while advocating for girls empowerment through STEM at local elementary schools. You will LOVE being a mentor in this heart-warming program! This program has super flexible scheduling from 5 schools to choose from in the afternoon. Transportation is provided to and from all the school sites!

Download application here. For more information call (510) 848-6370 or e-mail

Youth Mentor Program

The Youth Mentor Program brings together UC Berkeley students with Berkeley and Oakland middle school students in one-on-one relationships for an academic year. Through these rewarding relationships, as well as recreational and group activities, mentors provide friendship, support, and guidance to local youth with diverse backgrounds. Mentors and their mentees meet on their own for approximately 2-3 hours per week and participate in activities that they both enjoy. Through this program, one can expect to make a lasting impact and a close friend. If interested, complete the YMP Mentor Application and turn it in at the YWCA or electronically at

Download Mentor Application Here.

What Participants are Saying about the Program

“It was fun to be with my mentor, and I enjoyed every activity we did at the Y.” – Berkeley middle school student

“I have learned so much about another culture by becoming friends with my match. He teaches me so much about the world and myself.” – UC Berkeley student

“It’s great to get away from the college world for a while and just play a game of basketball with my new friend.” – UC Berkeley student