“When I was in high school [in Portland], I participated in many activities in and out of school but none of the leaders looked like me. It is uplifting to be surrounded by a thriving group of local Black leaders determined to make Portland better.”

About BUF-OR’s Mentor4Sucess Program

BUF-OR’s Mentorship Program pairs youth and young adults, aged 14-24, with professionals and peers that can provide guidance regarding postsecondary pathways. Students choosing a range of pathways, from college to apprenticeship to the trades and more, receive one-on-one support (virtual or in-person) and guidance on scholarships/financial aid, educational/training opportunities, career/networking opportunities, and more.

While anyone is welcome to join, the program is especially focused on providing low-income youth and youth of color with college and career readiness support they may not otherwise be able to access.


Mentor4Success Scholarship Workshops

BUF-OR provides workshops on a variety of topics, from writing scholarship essays to applying for trade school. Many workshops are based on the Path to Scholarships® curriculum written by June McBride, a Dominican-American educator who collaborated nationally with higher learning leaders of color. Workshops are held both virtually and in-person, about monthly during the school year (September-May).

Interested in presenting a workshop topic to BUF-OR youth? Email

Become A Mentee

Mentees are youth and young adults, age 14-24, who are seeking additional support with some aspect of their educational and/or career pathway.

Mentees commit to meeting with their mentor at least once monthly and participating in the program for at least one full year.

Participating youth do not need to be entering college to be accepted, rather the program will match individuals with an adult who most closely matches their chosen pathway. If you don’t know your pathway, that is ok too!

Sign up to learn more and discuss the program with BUF-OR staff.

Mentee Interest Form

Become A Mentor​

Mentors are adults, age 18 or older, who are able to provide career specific and/or culturally-specific advice about college and other postsecondary options.

Mentors commit to meet with their mentees at least monthly and to remain a mentor for at least one year. Mentors must receive training from BUF-OR staff and complete a background check prior to being matched with a mentee. 

Join us for this fabulous opportunity to shape the pathways of tomorrow’s young professionals!

Mentor Interest Form

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