Saturday Business Academy FAQ's
What is Saturday Business Academy?
Saturday Business Academy (SBA) is a mentorship program designed to prepare Los Angeles high school students with the skills & confidence to pursue higher education and become future leaders. Our program focuses on individual mentorship and programming related to college preparatory, business & financial literacy, and professional development.
When are the sessions?
The Junior term runs from January-May and Senior term runs from September-December. All monthly SBA sessions take place on Saturdays from 9am-1pm PST. Exact session dates are determined closer to the start of the term.
Who is Saturday Business Academy for?
Where do the sessions take place?
SBA sessions take place in Los Angeles on campus at our partner schools. However, due to COVID-19, sessions have been held virtually over Zoom.
What is the impact of COVID-19 on Saturday Business Academy?
Is lunch provided?
Wear your feasting pants! Lunch and light refreshments are provided for mentors and students at in-person sessions.
How do I become a mentor?
Please fill out the SBA Mentor Application form by clicking here.
What are the responsibilities of a mentor?
What if I cannot volunteer as a mentor but am still interested in being involved with SBA?
There are a variety of ways to get involved with SBA. Some common ways professionals got involved were by teaching a workshop on a topic (e.g. resume building, personal branding on social media), a source for informational interviews, a guest speaker, help in the administrative side of SBA, and organize tours or speaker panels with their firm. We encourage anyone who wishes to get involved to apply and we can have a conversation about how you and SBA can work together. Some positions/areas that extra involvement is always welcome includes sponsorship, marketing, event planning, recruiter (help find internships), college admissions liaison, and legal writing.
Who do I contact if I am interested in volunteering for SBA and/or have additional questions?
What if I cannot make a session?
It is understandable that while mentors are required to attend all sessions, unforeseen circumstances may prevent mentors from attending. We request that mentors please advise their SBA Program Managers as soon as possible if they cannot attend a session, so that alternate arrangements can be made and a student is not left without a Mentor on the session date.
What is the time commitment as a mentor?
Mentors can anticipate about 8 hours per month during the SBA Junior (January-May) and Senior (September-December) terms. In addition, we encourage mentors to engage with their mentee during the summer break.
What are the elligibility requirements for being a mentor?
Willing to adhere to all SBA Mentor Program policies and procedures
Able to make at least a one-year commitment to the program
Able to not miss more than two sessions during a school year
Willing to communicate with assigned mentee(s) twice a month (via phone, email, etc.)
Willing to complete the screening procedure: online application, background check, mentor trainings, and mentee match
Willing to communicate on a monthly basis with program managers
Clean criminal history, no illicit drug use, and must have never been accused, arrest, charged or convicted of child abuse or molestation.