Become a Future Grads College Coach

Become a Future Grads College Coach

Future Grads

Future Grads is a college counseling program first-generation BGCP high school students. As a Future Grads College Coach, your role is to provide support and navigation support through the college application process for your mentee/s. Senior year deadlines are fast and furious. Students often need another caring adult (in addition to Future Grads staff) to help them persevere. This opportunity is a great fit for a volunteer looking to make a deep and personable impact.

We are seeking coaches who are passionate about supporting a first-generation college student and can be their cheerleader through the process. The beauty of the role is that you do not need to be an expert, just willing to learn and keep your mentee/s accountable. The biggest thing we are looking for is time commitment, as this is a year-long opportunity where coaches meet weekly with students for at least an hour per student.

Click on the video below to see what you could make possible.

How you’ll make an impact:

  • Help students identify what matters to them in a college

  • Support students in researching and applying to the best-fit colleges

  • Help edit college and scholarship essays

  • Support their college application and financial aid process

  • Help to ease student anxieties about being able to "make it" in college


Program Outline:

  • We ask Future Grads College Coaches to make a one-year commitment

  • Begins in June of each year

  • Coaches can expect to spend 1-2 hours per week for one year working with their High School Senior students, though some weeks could be heavier/lighter

  • Meeting times are flexible; students and Coaches will find the best days and times to connect (typically 4pm-8pm)

  • BGCP supports Future Grads College Coaches through Coach Academies: monthly informational meetings that keep coaches informed on senior year deadlines, and will consist of training for coaches to be best equipped to support students


Although the year-long commitment may seem daunting, the results are most gratifying and worth the time. If you are interested in this opportunity please fill out the application and you will be contacted with next steps.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities


Even if you have only a few hours to spare, BGCP greatly appreciates your help! We’re looking for volunteers to work with our students in the following areas: 

  • Group Homework Help

  • 1-1 or Small Group Academic Subject Tutoring

  • Art Enrichment Support

  • Computer Science, Engineering and other STEM Enrichment Support

  • Literacy/Reading

  • Sports Coaching

  • Mentoring

  • College Bound Coaching

  • Special Events

We also appreciate administrative support in the following areas:

  • Marketing

  • Grant Writing

  • Development & Funding

How to Get InvolveD

  1. Apply below

  2. Complete screening requirements

  3. Attend a one-time orientation

  4. Start making an impact!


We are currently collecting volunteer interest for involvement this fall. To join us for the 2019-2020 academic year, please apply here

Questions? Please email Oscar Lopez at

Corporate and community groups

Corporate and community groups

Looking for a fun team bonding event or a way to give back to the community you live/work in? Complete the form below to get your company/organization involved! 

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High School Summer Internships

High School Summer Internships

Summer Internships

Summer Interns will work collaboratively with BGCP staff to implement a summer academic and enrichment program for elementary school kids. The program is designed to use hands-on learning to improve students’ school outcomes and their interest in learning.

BGCP internships provide practical experience for job training and college preparation, as well as eligibility for service awards. While many colleges and employers look for applicants who have expertise in a certain area, they are also seeking individuals who are community-minded and concerned about the world in which they live. 

Click on the video below to learn about our summer interns.



Interns will work collaboratively with the BGCP Directors, credentialed teachers, and staff to implement a summer academic and enrichment program for elementary age youth. The program is designed to give students’ academic enrichment activities to improve their school outcomes and their interest in learning. The internship will provide an opportunity to experience first-hand work with youth in an educational setting. This is a great role for someone who is considering education as a possible career.

Intern Roles

Academic Youth Development Intern

Volunteer as a class assistant during academics and/or enrichment electives

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Assist in managing a class of 20 or fewer students with the assistance of BGCP staff and a credentialed teacher.

  • Designing and running engaging, hands-on enrichment activities.

  • Being innovative and open to learning and experimentation.

  • Helping to tailor the program to support the students’ efforts and coordinate academic efforts regarding individual members.

  • Performing other administrative tasks as needed.

  • You will be placed at one of our two different summer programs:

East Palo Alto/Menlo Park

June 24th-July 19th (4 weeks)

Mandatory Training day/s TBD

Redwood City

June 17th-July 12th (4 weeks)

Mandatory Training day/s TBD

Schedule Commitment

  • We are seeking a commitment for all 4 weeks of the program and those who can commit to all 4 weeks will be considered for placement first

  • Support summer program from 8am-4pm Monday-Friday (full day preferred, see below for half day options)

  • Morning shift is 8am-Noon

  • Afternoon shift is 1pm-4pm



  • Rewarding leadership opportunity available to select returning interns

  • Facilitate weekly intern lunch meetings

  • Facilitate team bonding activities for cohort

  • Support new interns

  • Serve as liaison between intern cohort & BGCP staff


  • Must be a rising 9th-12th grade student

  • Have a desire and experience working with youth.

  • Conversational Spanish encouraged but not required.

  • Be adaptable and flexible to a changing workplace.

  • A positive attitude and mature personality conducive to working effectively as a team player with diverse youth, staff, volunteers, parents/guardians.


To Apply

Our application and interview window for Summer 2020 is currently CLOSED. For inquiries, please contact