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Become a Mentor

Read Fresno Mentors are Fresno State students who are paid through Federal Work Study. Mentors support elementary grade students grades K-2/3 in academics with an emphasis on reading literacy. Read Fresno Mentors may be placed in classrooms and at after-school programs both on and off campus. Generally these sessions take place Monday through Friday from 8am-6pm, but there may be an opportunity to work on Saturdays (typically 9am-11am) as available. A minimum of 2 hours block of availability is required each day of work. Total commitment is 10 – 20 hours per week, for the entire academic year; including mandatory training course held one evening per week from 6:00-7:50 PM, day TBD. Base pay rate is $13.00 per hour.


Read Fresno recruits students to serve as mentors in the program on a yearly basis. Recruitment typically takes place during the summer months, prior to the start of the new academic year.


Mentors are required to enroll in a training course for both fall and spring semesters.  The training class is  held one evening per week from 6:00-7:50 PM, day TBD.  Course information (including registration instructions) will be provided once students are hired.

Every Neighborhood Partnership will also host trainings on topics such as trauma-informed practices, literacy, and community development open for mentors to attend.


• Must qualify for Financial Aid Work Study program.

• Pass background check.

• Skills: Read Fresno Mentors must have excellent oral and written English skills; the ability to work with young children; a positive, supportive, and encouraging attitude; and be highly dependable.

• Access to own transportation is highly preferred but not required.

How to Apply

Complete the application online:

For more information, contact Erika Castanon, Read Fresno Program Coordinator, by emailing or calling 559.278.7007.