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 to serve as RTR Coaches for our first-year scholars in the 2019-20 academic year. To be eligible, you must have completed your first year of college in 2018-19 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 service events + 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. As a bonus, every RTR coach receives $100 on the completion of coach orientation.

What will you do?

Ready to Rise Coaches play a vital role in our program by providing ongoing touchpoints for scholars throughout the academic year and encouraging them as leaders and students. Through the process, they also enhance their own leadership development as they coach others and get helpful feedback from Ready to Rise staff. As a coach, you will:

  • serve as a liaison between first-year RTR students and the local RTR staff team
  • attend a day-long orientation in June and a 4-day statewide summer retreat in July with the statewide Ready to Rise scholars and other Coaches
  • develop and oversee a social activities budget
  • organize and lead small group service events and social activities on campus
  • track and document student interactions through an easy online app
  • share your insights and personal experiences with the different topics of our campus workshops on money management, using campus resources, career planning and more.
  • meet monthly with RTR site director to promote your own development and discuss the needs of your RTR scholars

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?

  • minimum of second-year status at one of our partner 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
  • ability to prioritize their time to be able to serve 10 hours/month with Ready to Rise

What are the benefits?

Coaches are cherished volunteers at Ready to Rise! 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
  • $100 signing bonus upon completion of orientation
  • great experiences to build your resume

Interested? Don’t delay, apply now!