Mentoring Program

The St. Olaf College TRIO Upward Bound Mentor Program was implemented in 1999 to enhance and expand services to TRIO Upward Bound students. Many current mentors of the mentoring program are graduates of St. Olaf College and/or TRIO Alumni who have graduated from a postsecondary institution. It is important for high school students to have a role model who has had experience with postsecondary education.

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Alumni mentors are paired with at least one Upward Bound student, and mentees and mentors correspond via letters and participate in scheduled social activities throughout the year. Mentees are expected to ask mentors a variety of questions about their mentor’s education, career, etc.

For more information about the Mentoring Program, contact our Mentor Coordinator, Kia Thao, at

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We are always looking for outstanding mentors to pair up with our new Upward Bound students. Please consider applying to be an Upward Bound mentor!