How Our Mentors Help

Our mentor coaches are a vital part of LITE's success. Our coaches work with our students on a weekly basis and help build their projects by giving advice on marketing, budgeting, pitching, and building relationships in the community. 

Since our program produces finalists every semester, we are always looking for more mentors to serve! To learn more about how you can get involved or to apply, please click the button below:


Here's what mentors are saying

"Through high school and college, my most valuable experiences were never in the classroom — I found the most useful skills and lessons came from building and leading organizations. I mentor with LITE because it gives students the opportunity to successfully pursue their ideas and build the confidence and skill sets necessary to break cycles of poverty." 
- Evan Katz

"I always enjoy volunteering with LITE and feel like it's a valuable way to spend my time, especially because I see the students grow as people and entrepreneurs so quickly! I've always felt a strong sense of community among LITE volunteers."

-Eilidh Jenness

"To see how passionate and empowered the students are at Pitch Night is so rewarding. It renews my hope in this city and the future of our country. I loved being with students and seeing their growth throughout the program. 

-Travis Tinnin


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LITE Projects

Learn about other projects that are designed to positively impact Memphis. 

Read about the finalists →