FOCUS Mentorship Program

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, staf,f 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.  

Understand the FOCUS Process

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.

Benefits of FOCUS

The FOCUS Mentorship Program gives NYU students the opportunity to:

  • Establish meaningful personal and professional relationships.
    Attend special events at NYU and throughout New York City at discounted rates (e.g. Broadway shows, The Schomburg, El Museo De Barrio)
  • Participate in free social events throughout New York City (past excursions have included visiting the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, attending hip-hop concerts, and dining at a traditional Dominican restaurant)
  • Share their experiences as first-generation students of color at conferences
  • Receive priority volunteer consideration for University-wide events such as MLK Week and Ally Week
  • Enjoy special consideration for internships, job opportunities, and seats on University committees
  • Receive consideration for the FOCUS Book Scholarship

FOCUS Application Information

Mentor Application Requirements

  • Willingness to participate for the full academic year
  • Attendance at one of four Developmental Dinners
  • Completion the FOCUS Partnership Agreement & Developmental Plan with your mentee
  • Maintaining monthly face-to-face meetings with your mentee
  • Maintaining a bi-weekly communication schedule (email, phone calls, text messages) with your mentee
  • Completing all program surveys and assessments
  • Serving as your mentee’s accountability partner
  • Providing guidance for your mentee’s FOCUS Developmental plan
  • Encouraging your mentee to schedule check-ins with FOCUS staff members and appointments with campus resources

Mentor deadline is Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at 11:59pm.  Apply Now! (application opens in a new window)


Mentee Application Requirements

  • Willingness to participate for the full academic year
  • Attendance at three of four Developmental Dinners
  • Creating and submitting your and your mentor’s FOCUS Partnership Agreement & Developmental Plan
  • Maintaining monthly face-to face meetings with your mentor
  • Maintaining a bi-weekly communication schedule (email, phone calls, text messages) with your mentor
  • Completing all program feedback surveys and assessments
  • Scheduling and attending appointments with campus resources
  • Attending monthly office hours or scheduling individual check-ins with FOCUS staff members

Mentee deadline is Thursday, September 12th, 2019, at 11:59pm. Apply Now! (application opens in a new window)