Become a Mentor

Providing Support and Encouragement

Steve Kyriakis When I reflect on my experiences in higher education, I attribute much of my success to the constant support and encouragement that I received from my family. When I read about the Guardian Scholars Program in the Summer 2007 issue of Sac State Magazine and learned about the opportunity to volunteer as a mentor for a former foster youth attending the university, I immediately knew that I wanted to become involved. Pursuing a college degree is difficult enough as it is, but the thought of embarking on that path without a strong support system is downright daunting. Mentors can have such a positive impact on the lives of students, and use their own life experiences to guide students in terms of their academic decisions and life goals. As a Sac State alum, I felt that I could share my own insights and perceptions of college life with students who are just beginning their journey.

I have volunteered as a Guardian Scholars mentor since September 2007, and thoroughly enjoy the relationships that I have developed with various students. As the Program continues to grow, I look forward to following the growth and development of these young adults as they successfully complete their educational goals and prosper in society as leaders and change agents.

Steve Kyriakis
Guardian Scholars Program Mentor

Mentor Requirements 

  • One-year volunteer commitment
  • Meet with student regularly
  • Participate in campus activities with student
  • Track student's academic progress
  • Periodic updates with Program Staff

Interested in becoming a mentor?

Please fill out the attached Mentor Information Sheet and email to or . You may drop off at Lassen #2104 or MS 6068.