ALL Stars Program
2024-25 ALL Stars Program Mentorship Application

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Sports Backers is seeking mentors to support the student-athletes in the Active Living Leadership Program, ALL Stars for short. The ALL Stars program provides education, hands-on experiences, and mentorship to a cohort of 21 Scholar-Athletes from the Richmond region. These Scholar-Athletes were nominated by school personnel, then selected to apply to the program, and finally a committee selected the final cohort. The full cohort of ALL Stars will meet for educational opportunities designed to explore what contributes to an active community, existing inequities, and how to make a difference in the community through active living. ALL Stars will be provided with opportunities to experience active living initiatives first-hand through participation and volunteerism with local active living organizations. 


Throughout the program, ALL Stars will work together in small groups (crews) with the support of mentors. There will be assigned reading materials, videos, and podcasts that each ALL Star will complete and then discuss within their crews. ALL Stars will work together, with the support of their mentors, to complete a capstone project that addresses an identified need in the active living community. 


There will be a program graduation ceremony, where scholarships will be awarded, in May of 2025. Each ALL Star that meets the program expectations will earn a $2,500 scholarship. Additional scholarship awards will be available so there is opportunity to earn more than $2,500 in scholarships.


As a mentor, you will help local scholar-athletes earn a scholarship and contribute to their success as an active community leader. We will pair each mentor with a crew, which will be comprised of 4 or 5 scholar-athletes. ALL Star mentors are expected to:

  • Attend the ALL Stars Mentor Orientation, which will be facilitated on Zoom on Wednesday, August 21, 2024 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Attend the ALL Stars Program Orientation (first student gathering), which will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2024 from 2pm – 6pm. 
  • Further details will be outlined during the Mentor Orientation, however, below is an outline based on last year’s mentor expectations. This is subject to change as we make final adjustments to the program curriculum over the next month or so.
    • Support up to 5 scholar-athletes throughout the duration of the program (August 2024 – May 2025).
    • Meet with your crew at least 4 times between August 2024 and May 2025. There will be assigned program content, such as articles, videos, and podcasts that ALL Stars must review, which will provide discussion content for the crew meetings. The plan is for at least the first two of the crew meetings to be held during the program sessions scheduled for 10/6/24 and 11/10/24 from 2p – 5p. Crew meetings during the second half of the program (January – May 2025) may need to be held outside of regularly scheduled program sessions and those may be held virtually or in-person.
    • Expose scholar-athletes to active living organizations and the corporate, government, and non-profit organizations that contribute to an active, vibrant community.
    • Support your assigned crew in the completion of a capstone project. ALL Stars will be expected to utilize what they have learned to address an identified need in the active living community. The capstone project will be completed between February – April of 2025.
    • Attend the graduation ceremony, which will be held in May of 2025.
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ALL Star Mentors are expected to:

  • Attend the ALL Stars Mentor Orientation, which will be facilitated on Zoom on Wednesday August 21, 2024 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
  • Attend the ALL Stars Program Orientation (first student gathering), which will be held on Sunday August 25, 2024 from 2pm – 6pm. 



There will be in-person educational opportunities scheduled for the ALL Stars. We would like mentors to be a part of these as much as possible, as we plan to carve out “Crew Time” at each of these sessions.