Are you …

  • getting your college degree so you can go back to lead and serve in your home community?
  • wanting to deepen your own leadership skills while encouraging newer students on campus?
  • seeking to inspire others while getting inspired by others?
  • looking for a maximum-impact volunteer opportunity where you get to grow and help others in only 10 hours a month?

If so, consider becoming a Ready to Rise coach!

Ready to Rise is seeking motivated students to join us as RTR Coaches serving our first year cohort for the 2017-18 academic year. To be eligible, you must have completed your first year of college in 2016-17 at one of our seven partner institutions:

You will have the opportunity to work alongside and be mentored by Ready to Rise staff at our local community affiliate organizations:


As an RTR Coach, you will join a team of other service- and leadership-minded mentors to walk alongside first-year students during retreats, trainings and monthly social gatherings.  Drawing from your own life experiences, time on campus, and specialized training, you will help first-year Ready to Rise Scholars navigate college through the help of campus resources, peer connections, and program supports.

Ready to Rise Coaches benefit from monthly 1:1 mentoring by Ready to Rise staff leaders, control their own budget provided by Ready to Rise, and join in a larger legacy of developing leaders with a heart for making a difference in their own community.

What will you do?

As a critical part of the statewide Ready to Rise program, Coaches provide ongoing touchpoints for scholars throughout the academic year, encouraging them as leaders and students. You will:

  • serve as a liaison between first-year RTR students and the local RTR Site Director
  • attend a 3-day orientation and summer retreat in August with the statewide Ready to Rise scholars and other Coaches
  • co-develop and operate a social activities budget (up to $500 per year) with other Coaches at your school
  • organize and lead one small group social activity or meet with up to three scholars at a time each month of the academic year
  • attend five RTR workshops as scheduled during the academic year
  • meet monthly with RTR site director to check in about your leadership development and the progress and needs of your RTR scholars
  • track and document student interactions through an easy online app

Who are we looking for?

We want energetic, leadership-minded students who can share their heart with others and have the following qualifications. Does this sound like you?

  • entering their second/Sophomore year of college at one of the participating colleges
  • minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • familiarity with underrepresented, first-generation, and/or low-income student needs
  • service-minded, with an appreciation for ‘giving back’ to one’s home community
  • ability to communicate with, listen to, and work well with peers, mentees and staff members
  • positive attitude and energy
  • actively engaged in one or more campus activities

What are the benefits?

In addition to getting the satisfaction of contributing to the life of a first-year student, Coaches also receive:

  • personalized coaching from encouraging, knowledgeable staff
  • opportunities to increase professional skills, including budgeting, mentoring, and communication
  • free leadership development and training opportunities with a community of inspiring peers and mentees
  • a fun summer retreat with other student leaders from around the state
  • great experiences to build your resume

Interested? Don’t delay, apply now!



Apply to be a coach for Ready to Rise scholars! Don’t wait to apply for an exciting opportunity to develop your leadership skills and to help guide students on their journey through college.