While each Jackie Robinson Scholar receives $6,000 a year for four years in direct support, they also become an active member in the Foundation’s unique Mentoring and Leadership Development Curriculum (MLDC). The MLDC is an extensive mentoring program including practical skills-building and exposure through attendance at conference workshops, the assignment of peer and professional mentors, and internship and employment placement, and a myriad of other networking opportunities.
The cornerstone of JRF programming is the annual Mentoring and Leadership Conference (MLC) in New York City. Scholars are required to attend this four-day, all expense-paid trip to New York City each of their four years as a JRF Scholar. A rigorous syllabus, encompassing four days of seminars, panel discussions, networking opportunities, cultural outings, and other special events, conveys information and builds skills that enhance the college experience and better prepare JRF Scholars for life’s opportunities and challenges. The MLC culminates with JRF Scholars attending JRF’s Jackie Robinson Foundation annual, black-tie awards dinner at the world-renowned Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.
As part of the MLDC, JRF Scholars are required to participate in non-profit community service and/or civic engagement, recognizing both the value they add to their communities and that this is key to the enhancement of one’s personal and professional self-esteem. Through the mandatory community service component, Scholars impact thousands of lives while gaining valuable skills and experiences. Each Scholar must document their service and keep the reports on file with JRF, which logs and tracks this data
JRF staff work with corporate partners and other organizations and individuals to identify and provide summer internships and permanent employment opportunities. Great effort is made to achieve “good matches” between JRF Scholars and a particular corporation or organization. JRF Scholars also benefit from the Foundation’s ongoing career counseling and assistance with locating full-time positions upon graduation. JRF sponsors are encouraged to extend permanent employment to any graduating Scholar or Alumni where appropriate.
JRF provides access to a wealth of talented Scholars and alumni through its resume network. Sponsors tap into a pool of talented and diverse minority graduates. Recruitment of new employees through JRF is not limited to the particular Scholar they sponsor.
JRF’s Mentoring and Leadership Development Curriculum (MLDC) equips each JRF Scholar with "42 Strategies for Success in College" and develops the Scholars' leadership potential during the four-year program. Students begin their journey as a JRF Scholar during the summer before freshman year at one of seven freshmen orientations held in major cities across the country. JRF’s unique MLDC follows a graduated approach that anchors students in three keys areas: personal development, professional development, and leadership development.