MVLA Scholars recruits college prep mentors

MVLA Scholars, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation, seeks local residents willing to commit a year to shepherd high school juniors and seniors through the college application and scholarship process.

The students are in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, designed to prepare students for success at four-year universities.

Volunteer mentors meet the AVID students in class once a week and may spend additional hours out of class.

Los Altos High mentors can choose one of the two class periods, either 8:10-9:00 or 9:05-10:00 Mondays.

Mountain View High senior mentors must meet students in class 10:05-11:35 Thursdays.

It’s 8-9 a.m. Mondays for Mountain View High junior mentors.

No more than two absences per semester are allowed for senior mentors.

Each mentor will support one or two students in creating a list of colleges to apply to, completing college applications, editing application essays and applying for scholarship and financial aid.

Mentors must be committed for the entire year.

Before starting, mentors are required to attend a training session. Los Alos High mentors can choose to go either Aug. 18 or Aug. 25. The training schedule for the Mountain View high mentors is to be announced.

To volunteer and for more information, email Therese Kristensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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