Connect Underserved Communities to Economic Opportunity: Become a Mentor

January 18, 2017

Everyone deserves an equal shot at economic opportunity but not everyone has access to the professional networks that can make this possible. That’s why our mission at LinkedIn for Good is to connect underserved communities to the networks, skills and opportunities they need to succeed. In 2016, we reached a combined 1 million underserved youth, veterans, refugees, employees and nonprofits.  

This year, we are striving to do even more, and we need your help. Our aim is to remove the economic obstacles these communities face, and to pave the way for them to find sustainable employment. One of these obstacles is lack of access to professionals -- which is why we’re inviting you to consider mentoring.

The importance of mentorship

When it comes to connecting those from underserved communities to economic opportunity, the importance of career mentorship cannot be overstated. Mentors help individuals navigate the complex world of work through knowledge sharing and skills-based coaching and unlock networks that are critical for finding sustainable employment.  

Become a mentor

Join us on our mission of connecting individuals from underserved communities to economic opportunity. Here are three ways you can get involved:  

  • Raise your hand to be a mentor. Let organizations know you’re interested in mentoring by adding it to the “Topics for Contacting” section of your profile in the LinkedIn mobile app. Simply go to your profile, tap the “+” sign, tap “Additional Information”, add “Mentoring”, then Save.
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  • Search for mentoring opportunities. Search our Volunteer Marketplace to find a wide range of mentorship opportunities.     
  • Find out what it takes to be a great mentor. Visit MENTOR for tips and best practices on becoming a great mentor.

This could be the start of changing someone’s life.

To learn more about what you can do to make a positive social impact, please visit our LinkedIn for Good site.