Letter Writing Guidelines

Mentor to Mentees (18-29 yrs) Letter Writing Guidelines

Step Up invites members to write supportive and motivational messages to our mentees (18-29 years old) who are navigating the excitements and challenges of young adulthood!

Suggested topics for your letter:

  • Congratulations: start/end of the school year, graduation
  • Insights: careers, industries, companies
  • Recommendations: books, podcasts, online resources
  • Tips: studying, networking, self-care

Before you start review our words matter guide to ensure your message is focused on asset-based
language that is encouraging and inspiring!

Got writer's block? Check out this list of inspirational quotes for graduates from The Oprah Magazine. Below is a suggested (not required) template to follow:



My name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a mentor at Step Up which connected me with you through their outreach initiative. I wanted to share some [tips, resources, guidance, etc.].

First, let me tell you a little about myself. I am from [where you consider home] and currently [what you do now]. I got to where I am today by [what you studied or steps you took to end up where you are].

Step Up told me you are [background info we share], and so I wanted to share [relevant guidance or resources]. If you would like to connect, my LinkedIn is [insert LinkedIn handle if you wish to stay connected].


Next Steps

  • Reach out to us at mentor@suwn.org to express your interest and to let us know how many letters you would like to write!
  • Once we have sent you the name(s) to address your letter, print out your choice of Step Up letterhead to write your message(s).

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

  • Mail your completed letter(s) to Step Up at the following address and we will take it from there!

[Name of mentee]
510 S Hewitt St, #111
Los Angeles
CA 90013

Please keep in mind this opportunity is currently a one-time correspondence
with each mentee. We also kindly ask that members only include a single letter in their envelope, without any additional items.

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