Growing financial literacy mentoring program in need of mentors

July 14, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — More mentors are needed to meet the growing demand for the financial literacy Mentoring Program from the Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center.

The program pairs current Penn State students with University-affiliated mentors such as alumni, faculty, friends and administrators. Mentors and mentees generally decide for themselves how often and in what format to meet.

Pairs also have flexibility in what they discuss during their one-on-one meetings. For some, this may include conversations about basic personal finances such as managing credit cards and preparing to take on student debt. Some may choose to focus more on the life skills side, such as applying to first jobs after college.

Student demand for mentors has been growing steadily since the program launched in October 2019. As of spring 2021, there were 131 registered mentees and 63 mentors.

“The numbers show that we have a need for generous alumni and community members to offer their time to our mentees,” said Daad Rizk, director of the Sokolov-Miller Family Center. “This is an opportunity to form a meaningful mentoring relationship with a current Penn State student.”

Those who are interested in becoming mentors can apply to the program on the Sokolov-Miller Family Center’s website.

About Achieve Penn State

The Mentoring Program is part of Achieve Penn State, an initiative which supports hard-working students and their families by helping them plan for their future by eliminating obstacles so they can graduate with lower debt and in less time. Achieve Penn State programs support students and families through institutional scholarships, summer school and on-campus employment, financial literacy and campus transitions to help students experience all that Penn State has to offer. 

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Last Updated July 15, 2021