Interested in having a mentor?

You can request an 11th or 12th grade student or an adult to be your mentor

you can have your own mentor or you can be part of a small group of students who have a team of mentors to help them

Yuniverse Mentoring Program

7th-12th grade students from the South Lakes and Herndon High School pyramids can sign up for a mentor to meet in person, socially distanced, for 45 minutes every other week at an outdoor covered location in Reston or Herndon. Mentors can help students on a range of topics, including academic encouragement, extra-curricular interests, and planning for the different options available after high school.

2 Options: 1:1 or Small Group

1:1 Option: 1 student is matched with 1 mentor, either an adult mentor or an 11th or 12th grade student mentor.


Small Group Option: 5-8 students are grouped together and matched with a 2-3 person mentor team, comprised of a lead mentor and multiple additional mentors. 


Mentors can indicate a preference  for one of these options or a willingness to do pre when signing up.

Mentors are matched with mentees by Yuniverse Mentoring Program managers according to their preferences - as well as common interests shared in the sign up form.

Guest Speaker Series

The guest speaker series provides a diverse set of guest speakers to enrich the experience for mentees and help see others who have had success on their journey. Mentors can participate in the guest speaker series as well, so they can weave it into discussions with their mentees.

2 options: In-person or Online

While the mentor program was initially established to provide in-person support for students who are struggling with a feeling of isolation that can accompany virtual learning from home, the program has been expanded to include both in-person and online mentoring relationships. Students indicating a preference for online mentors can choose that option at registration.


Mentors can indicated a preference for in-person, online or a willingness to do either when signing up.

Academic Support and Encouragement

As part of initial relationship building with you mentor, students discuss their academic goals, class schedule, subjects in which they have a particular interest, and classes that might need extra attention. At each meeting, mentees can share an update on how they are progressing relative to their goals and talk about subjects or assignments that are on their mind. Mentors can collaborate with you on strategies to stay on track with the goals you have set.

Post High School Planning and Preparation

Mentors can help students think about their long-term goals and provide support to talk through options for their time after high school. Whether it is the college planning process or more of a career training track, a mentor can be an excellent sounding board.

Talk about extra-curricular interests 

Whether you are into music or play sports or participate in a school-based club or have an interesting hobby, extra-curricular interests are a valuable part of how students choose to spend their time when not thinking about their schoolwork. Mentors were like you once and have the same need to get involved in things they enjoy in their free time. Students can talk with mentors about this important area of their life and discuss ways to stay engaged even while school is virtual.

Discuss your passion project

Do you make digital music? Or design unique fashion ideas? Or edit and produce video content? Or want to do something creative or exciting that you think about all the time. Some students might be developing a real passion that results in them having a “passion project”, a project or activity that inspires them. Mentors can be an excellent resource to help students break through any barriers that might be holding them back on their passion project.