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

  1. 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!
  2. 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).
  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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Phone: 201-468-0568 / Email: national@suwn.org

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