Focus Forward is a school-based mentoring program that strives to enrich the lives of students in our community. We match middle-school and high-school students from participating school districts with trained and supported undergraduate mentors, under the supervision of SUNY Oswego professional staff, who help provide the academic and social support necessary for each student to achieve their full potential.

Mentors provide academic tutoring and social support to district-identified "opportunity" students through personalized one-to-one or one-to-two relationships. You will help mentees develop effective study habits and interpersonal skills for school and life success. Mentors also assist in creating academic goals and providing the necessary support to see their mentees achieve them.

In light of recent developments as a result of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Focus Forward staff will be serving remotely in order to minimize the spread of the virus. We want to ensure our current and future students that we are, as always, available to discuss anything related to our program and to help our students however we can. While we are serving in our roles as Focus Forward coordinators remotely through at least April 13th, the best way to ensure a fast response is to reach out to us through e-mail at Please keep us in mind as registration for Fall 2020 is almost upon us. We are moving forward with recruitment and look forward to returning as strong as ever in the fall, so please apply soon and keep a spot open for us in your schedules!

Mentor-Scholar Program at SUNY Oswego

Why Be a Mentor?

Focus Forward allows you to impact the Oswego community while gaining valuable professional skills, to learn more about adolescent development and youth mentoring, and the opportunity to earn course credit through GST 311. As an academic and social support program, you'll work to build the local students' self-confidence and self-efficacy while giving them the tools they need to be effective learners.

Apply to Be a Mentor

Review our program requirements and check to see if you're available during our scheduled times at the local schools. If you're able to participate, fill out an application, and, based on your qualifications, we'll contact you about an interview and next steps.

Learn More and Apply

I have been involved in the Mentor-Scholar program for 3 years, it has made me into a stronger leader and I continue to learn from it. We work directly with at-risk students who teach me more than any professor ever could.

As an education major, I was able to get classroom experience helping real students right from the start though the Mentor-Scholar program- I also got a credit for doing it! This opportunity taught me to be a community minded person, and has connected me with all sorts of different sub-communities in our wonderfully diverse community of Oswego.

I am part of the Mentor-Scholar Program, and it has made me become more aware of situations outside the classroom and more human.

Being a team leader for the Mentor-Scholar program has been a defining role for me and my future career path. I can truly say that after being in this role I have grown exponentially in confidence and leadership ability. I now feel a lot more prepared to enter a professional setting and advocate for myself.


Focus Forward
145T Marano Campus Center

Sean Milligan, Coordinator

Ashley Williams, Graduate Assistant