ECAP Mentor Program


Arizona has the HIGHEST student to counselor ratio in the entire country.

904 students to 1 counselor.

This leaves our most vulnerable students without the access, knowledge or support they need to be successful in determining future careers and the pathways that lead to them.

This is where our mentors come in.

Retirees have the skills and experience essential to making a difference in the lives of students in Arizona. Spending just one hour a week with a small group of high school students has the potential to completely change their trajectory.


Meet our mentors


Stephanie Jacobson

Phoenix Union High School Site Coordinator


Linda Levitt

Paradise Valley High School Site Coordinator


Beth Piazza


Doug Jones


Judy Cummins


Bob Wenham


Jessica Barranco


Interested in becoming a mentor?


What do mentors do?

Mentors meet with small groups of students once or twice a week during the school day. The site coordinators have a curriculum to help guide discussions and activities. The mentors fit the needs of the students depending on where they are in their career pathways. With some students, you may be having high level conversations about the student’s passion. With others, you may be supporting the students in deciding which college or trade school to go to.

What schools can I mentor in?

We are currently working in Paradise Valley High School and Central High School. Starting in the fall of 2019, we will also be working at Gateway Early College High School.

What is the time commitment?

Depending on which school you are interested in working with, you could mentor one or two days a week. Currently, our mentors at Central HS volunteer on Tuesdays and Thursdays for four hours. At Paradise Valley HS, mentors go in on Thursday afternoons for 1 hour.

What skills/ knowledge do I need?

We find that retirees of all backgrounds make for the best team at our schools. Our mentors come from a variety of career backgrounds. We will train mentors on the different pathways that students can take after high school and we also train and development mentors in working with high school students. Experience working with teenagers is beneficial, but not required. Mentors will be required to have a fingerprint clearance card or obtain one (for no cost) before entering the classroom.

What will I gain from this experience?

Beyond the fulfillment of empowering students in their career development, our mentors grow and are challenged in many ways. Our mentors have reported developing the following skills; mentorship & coaching, social emotional skills, knowledge of career pathways

What is the application process?

  1. Apply online following this link or by clicking the button below

  2. Schedule an interview with the Program Coordinator.

  3. Complete paperwork and fingerprinting process.