Office of Student Success | Colin Powell School

Office of Student Success


Our commitment to providing students with mentoring opportunities

A mentor can play an important role in students’ academic, professional, and personal success by providing guidance and support during their time as a student and beyond.

What is a Mentor?

A mentor is someone that has more life experience that can help guide you and provide support as you try to actualize and reach your goals.

Get Help from Students Who have been there

Student Success Guide Program (Peer Mentorship)

This program is a peer mentoring initiative meant to support you as you start your college career at CCNY. New students are paired with an experienced upperclassman who serves as a mentor and role model to help motivate them, focus on academics, and support them in achieving their goals.

This program helps students by:

Building Connections

Helping students take advantage of campus resources, services, and opportunities.

Discussing Challenges

Helping new or transfer students adapt to the City College experience.

Building Relationships

Helping students develop strong relationships with faculty and staff.

Providing Direction

Give students individual mentorship, support, and direction from a fellow student.

Student Success Guides and mentees are expected to meet three (3) times per semester and get to participate in a variety of events and workshops. Mentee applications are currently accepted on a rolling basis.

Are you interested in being matched with a Student Success Guide?

2023-2024 JPMorgan Chase Advancing Black Pathways Mentoring Program

This mentoring program is designed to introduce talented and motivated undergraduate freshmen and sophomores to the financial services industry, build early professional development skills and provide defined pathways to future opportunities.

Selected students will be paired with experienced professionals working in a variety of areas, including; Finance, Business Development, Marketing, Public Relations, Human Resources, and many more. Limited spots are available!

Program Details:

  • Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • All Majors are welcome to apply.
  • Students and mentors will be matched through a sophisticated matching system.
  • Selected students will be invited to attend networking events and career panels.
  • Program will run from October 2023– May 2024


For questions about the program, please contact Cynthia Gutierrez at 

Program Contact

Manager of Mentoring & Alumni Relations

Cynthia Gutierrez

Making higher education more accessible

First Generation Empowerment Program

Students who are the first in their family to attend college can face challenges that other students may not. Ciro Scala, a Colin Powell School alum, helped create a program that assists first generation students in finding the resources, support, and enrichment they need during their first year in college and beyond. We want students to achieve academic success and reach their full potential.

This series of empowerment workshops will help you navigate issues related to your finances, academics, careers, and more. We want you to build a network and community to support you at the Colin Powell School and beyond.

“Nearly 60 years after he reluctantly dropped out of City College under the stress of working full-time and commuting from Staten Island, Ciro Scala went back to school in 2016 and earned both an undergraduate and master’s degree from City’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. Now he’s fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a teacher, and he is giving something back. To help first-generation college students navigate the same kinds of pitfalls he faced when he was a young student, he launched and leads a series of workshops to help them cope with challenges that can impede their success.”