Syrian Youth Empowerment (SYE) Mentor Application
This application is intended for individuals interested in volunteering as 'mentors' with SYE to provide career and academic support to Syrian high school students pursuing higher education outside Syria.
Syrian Youth Empowerment is an initiative to support the higher education of Syrian high school students by offering academic and career mentorship, along with free TOEFL and SAT support, to secure scholarships in universities in the North America, Europe, and the Middle East. As an organization founded and led by Syrian refugees who experienced firsthand the enormous challenges associated with continuing higher education both inside and outside of Syria, we are aware of the numerous barriers facing high school–aged Syrian students, and are eager to support them as they embark on the college application process.

- Mentors should be current college sophomores or higher, or recent graduates from a higher education institute in the US, or the country in which they reside.
- Mentors should be familiar with the college application process, the common app, required examinations (SAT, SAT subject tests, etc.) and/or have worked with higher educational institutions.
- Mentors must feel comfortable working with students from war-torn countries, refugees, asylees, displaced students, or students who've been exposed to violence and trauma.

*SYE is a not-for-profit, non-political initiative with strictly no ties to any political or religious entity. SYE does not differentiate according to political views, ethnicity, religion or gender.

Email address *
Name *
Gender *
There's been cases where students felt more comfortable being paired with mentors from the same gender.
Education *
Highest education level achieved
What university do/did you attend? *
List name of university, location, level of education, and duration of study.
What is your field of study? *
This helps us better pair prospective mentors and students
Have you worked in a higher education institute before? *
Please specify roles for each position
Do you speak Arabic?
Are you familiar with the Syrian Educational System?
Do you have any experience mentoring/assisting high school students? *
Do you have any experience working with refugees, asylees, displaced students, or individuals with PTSD?
Have you taken SAT, SAT Subjects Tests, TOEFL, ACT, or IELTS before? *
In past years, mentors reported spending an average of 2-4 hours a week assisting students with their essays, college research, and career options. How many hours will you be able to dedicate weekly for the duration of the program? *
Mentors start working with students in July, and help them through college deadlines late December or early Jan.
Tell us a little more about yourself? (250 words max.) *
We are a group of Syrian graduates from US universities. Some of us are engineers, some are computer scientists, financial advisors, consultants, architects, and healthcare professionals. We share a passion for supporting the higher education of younger folks in our home country. How about you?
Where are you currently based? City/Country *
Working remotely with students often requires access to a reliable internet connection, and certain applications that are accessible to students like Whatsapp, Viber, IMO or others, during specific hours due to time difference with the MENA region. If you prefer not to share this information, please specify your timezone.
Do you have any additional skills you would like to share with us?
Since SYE is fully run by a team of volunteers, we do our own website design, posters graphic design, accounting, book-keeping, and legal documents. Does any of those sound like something you would be interested in helping out with?
Kindly share a URL to your LinkedIn profile *
Upload CV/Resume *
Thank you for submitting an application to join SYE as a mentor. If you don't hear from us in 3-5 business days, please email to verify the receipt of your application.
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