Next Steps Mentoring

Guiding college students as early as their junior year to graduation and into their first entry-level position or business venture with mentorship and professional development. Merging inspiration with opportunities. 

University Mentor-Protégé Program

This program invites Colleges and University departments to enroll their Black/African-American students as early as their college junior year. Students receive a mentor, access to professional development workshops, and membership that connects them to career and business professionals, career board, and student discount to the Black Professionals Summit. Contact nextsteps@mybpn.org to learn more.

University Interest Form

Become a Mentor

Share your experience and become a trusted voice in your industry by nurturing the professional development of your protégé.

Frequently Asked Questions

Universities that are interested can email nextsteps@mybpn.org to enroll their students into the program.

Mentors are asked to be apart of the program from May 2021 to January 2022. Committing to 1x a month phone calls/or zoom meetings for 45-minutes. 

Yes, during the Orientation we will cover best practices as a mentor and go over recommended strategies to develop the strongest professional mentor relationships.

Yes, this program is completly virtual. Students and Mentors are provided an access code to create a profile and added to the Next Steps Community.

You remember the moment, graduating college and having so much hope for the future ahead. Then reality sets in, when your job prospects are few and your professional connections are even fewer. Further exacerbating the systemic challenges faced as a black professional. Many of the students are first-generation or have limited guidance in navigating their next steps after graduation.

With your help, our program can fill in those gaps.  We connect students with mentors in their field and provide professional development workshops that guide them along thriving pathways for their career or entrepreneurial pursuits.