Become a Financial Literacy Mentor


The financial barrier in college education for low-income students is not just about money, but also about financial skills and access to information. The lack of basic financial literacy prevents such students from being able to effectively plan, evaluate, and pursue their college financing options. For example, many low-income students fear loans and opt not to go to college rather than incur debt. The lack of awareness of financial aid options reinforces the idea that college is only available to a certain population. These preconceived ideas of college affordability are fueled by the fact that the vast majority of our students are the first in their families to attend college. Breakthrough Silicon Valley offers a Financial Literacy program (designed by The Glow Foundation) in which small groups of students are matched with knowledgeable financial literacy mentors that share their expertise in personal financial management (i.e. budgeting, interest, credit) and college financial planning (i.e. financial aid, college expenses). Breakthrough provides the curriculum and training to all of the mentors, who walk students through the process of opening a savings account, designing a savings plan, budgeting, building credit, applying for financial aid, and strategically choosing a college based on their personal financial situation.

Time Commitment

  • Mentors pick one grade level to work with (either juniors, seniors or both), and attend their meetings consistently
  • 2 hours per workshop session
  • Attend 1 hour orientation conference call

Session Schedule

Grade Level: 11th

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Check back in fall 2016 for information about 2017 schedule

Grade Level: 12th

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Check back in fall 2016 for 2017 schedule

All sessions will be held at the Breakthrough Office on the campus of Hoover Middle School.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Facilitate group discussions and student break-out activities during the financial literacy workshops
  • Arrive at Breakthrough workshop(s) on time and prepared to support programming
  • Email/phone correspondence in addition to an in-person meeting may be needed

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Commitment to Breakthrough’s mission and desire to help students from under-served communities attend college and gain critical financial literacy skills
  • Some knowledge of Financial Literacy content (e.g., budgeting, interest, credit, loans) and College Financial Planning (e.g., financial aid, college expenses) or willingness to learn
  • Cultural competency and ability to connect with students from under-served communities

If you are interested in becoming a Financial Literacy Mentor at Breakthrough Silicon Valley, please contact Tina Briceño,  Student Services and Partnerships Manager, at or 408-287-6357.