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RISE for Youth students and mentors gather together for a group photo outside.

Individual volunteer opportunities

RISE to make a difference! Caring adults play an important role in helping young people reach their potential. RISE for Youth is recruiting volunteers interested in sharing their knowledge, experience, and connections with the next generation. 

Opportunities to make a difference include:

  • Guest speaker: Visit a RISE for Youth class to share information about your career and the path you took to get where you are today.
  • Become a host: Join the growing list of external businesses and Mayo Clinic departments hosting students during the RISE for Youth four-week cohorts. Students will take part in field trips, department tours, and a career fair.
  • Become a mentor: Commit to mentoring a student for a period of one year. Mentors will have an initial meeting with students during the RISE for Youth cohort at Mayo Clinic and then meet with them a minimum of four additional times throughout the year. Training is provided. Learn more about becoming a mentor.
  • Volunteer for community events: Volunteering is an important way to help individuals and communities in need.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities or to learn about more opportunities through our mailing list, email

Partnership opportunities

See our internal and external partnerships. If your organization or department would like to get involved, connect with us at

Internal collaborations

Mayo Clinic departments committed to partnering with RISE for Youth include:

  • Mayo Clinic Career Immersion Program
  • Mayo Clinic Public Affairs
  • Mayo Clinic Information Technology
  • Mayo Clinic Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Mayo Clinic Pharmacy and Pharmacy Tech Careers
  • Mayo Clinic Information Technology (IT)
  • Mayo Clinic Education — Residency Program
  • Mayo Clinic Research/Clinical Research Coordinator Careers
  • Mayo Clinic Lab Medicine and Pathology (DLMP)
  • Mayo Clinic Supply Chain
  • Mayo Clinic Store
  • Mayo Clinic Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Services
  • Mayo Clinic Human Resources Workforce Development
  • Mayo Clinic Cafés
  • Mayo Clinic Education Web Strategy and Services
  • Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery
  • Mayo Clinic MERG Groups
  • Mayo Clinic Diversity Department Leaders
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science

External collaborations

RISE for Youth has developed partnerships with community leaders from the following organizations:

  • Rochester Public Schools
  • Post Bulletin
  • KTTC
  • Rochester Fire Department
  • First Alliance Credit Union
  • Rochester Police Department
  • Rochester Community & Technical College
  • Destination Medical Center (DMC)/Economic Development Agency (EDA)
  • City of Rochester
  • Benike Construction
  • Olmsted County
  • Winona State University
  • University of Minnesota—Rochester
  • Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce
  • IBM
  • Open Beam
  • Diversity Council
  • RISE for Youth Selection Committee
  • ExerciseABILITIES
  • Rochester Public Schools
  • Whitehorn Family Foundation (Transportation)
  • Somali community
  • Barbershop Talk
  • Diversity Council
  • International Institute of Medical Project Management (IIMPM)
  • First Alliance Credit Union
  • Rochester Technical Community College
  • Winona State University
  • Barbershop Talk
  • University Minnesota Rochester
  • City of Rochester