Guadalupe Center is seeking community members to serve as volunteer mentors for first generation, college-bound high school students as they navigate through high school and beyond.

On Jan. 29, Guadalupe Center will host Discover Mentoring, a social event and informational session exploring the role of mentors in the nonprofit’s acclaimed Tutor Corps Program. Tutor Corps is a college preparatory program that provides Immokalee High School students with mentors, academic guidance, scholarship assistance, financial literacy and wages for tutoring children in Guadalupe Center’s educational programs. Current mentors are invited and encouraged to invite others interested in learning about mentoring. Guests will hear from current mentors, mentees and Guadalupe Center leadership.

Each year, Guadalupe Center accepts 25 to 30 talented teens into Tutor Corps, pairing them with mentors who offer advice, support and a listening ear. Mentors come from a variety of backgrounds and include retirees, business leaders, educators and other professionals from Naples, Marco Island, Golden Gate, Immokalee, Bonita Springs and other communities.

“Mentors are an incredibly important part of our Tutor Corps Program,” said Guadalupe Center President Dawn Montecalvo. “Many of our students have credited their mentors for serving as role models and helping keep them focused on academics throughout high school and college.”

Discover Mentoring begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Terrace at Caxambas in Fiddler’s Creek, 8152 Fiddler’s Creek Parkway in Naples. The cost is $30 per person, plus tax and tip, and includes a dinner buffet, program overview and opportunities to connect with students and other mentors. Attendees may purchase cocktails at Happy Hour drink prices.

RSVP by Jan. 22 to Linda Fox at 908-581-4754 or lfox08@comcast.net.