FOCUS is a structured mentorship program designed to offer first-year undergraduate students who identify as first-generation college students of color the opportunity to develop relationships with NYU alumni, faculty, staff, and graduate students who serve as resources and advocates through an ongoing mentor relationship.
Mentors assist their mentees in building a community at NYU, helping them create a foundation on campus through leadership development and connection with the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP) and other NYU resources. FOCUS works to create unity among all participants, ultimately supporting the educational and personal success of its mentees. Learn about the process and benefits and access the application for mentors and mentees below.
Both mentors and mentees are selected through an application process. Although FOCUS can be a resource for career development, pairings are not solely based on career interests. Instead, the FOCUS Program’s dedicated staff carefully review each application to identify commonalities (e.g. career considerations, social identities, academic interests, hobbies, and goals) between potential matches. Mentors are selected to provide students with the opportunity to develop personally and professionally in ways that will most certainly continue beyond the program.
The FOCUS Mentorship Program gives NYU students the opportunity to:
Mentor deadline is Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at 11:59pm. Apply Now! (application opens in a new window)
Mentee deadline is Thursday, September 12th, 2019, at 11:59pm. Apply Now! (application opens in a new window)