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Bridging Berkeley is a math mentoring program that matches UC Berkeley work-study students and volunteers with Berkeley middle school youth, especially those who will be first-generation college students. The middle schools have all transitioned to Common Core math, which emphasizes math models, flexible thinking, and multiple solutions. If you’re a creative problem-solver who can support students in thinking big, join us! Work-study mentors must be free at least two days per week at the listed program times and volunteers must be free at least one day per week.

Bridging Berkeley


This fall we’re partnering with Berkeley School Volunteers on Zoom Mentors, a new program that will offer middle school students a one-to-one mentor to help with the transition to online learning.  Bridging Berkeley also offers drop-in math homework help afterschool and supports math classes during the school day.

Bridging Berkeley is supported by a City of Berkeley Youth Services grant and a charitable donation from the Bayer Corporation.

Important Dates


Looking for availability:
Mon/Tues/Thurs 4:20-5:30
Weds 3:20-4:20 OR 4:30-5:30
Apply here
Application Deadline Rolling
Returning Mentor Deadline Rolling

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Bridging Berkeley Site Directors

Carrie Donovan, Assistant Director

Bridging Berkeley Directors

Bridging Berkeley Student Directors



Rachel Austria“The best mentoring moment I’ve had this semester was when a student shared with me their dreams and aspirations after asking me questions about being a student at Cal. It’s definitely rewarding when a mentee has a better understanding of a math concept by the end of a mentoring session, but I realized Bridging Berkeley is bigger than just that.”

RACHEL AUSTRIA, Class of 2019, Major in Nutritional Science
Hometown: Union City