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Q: What is Career Beginnings Mentoring Program’s Mission?

A: CBMP’s mission is to transition youth from high school into higher education and vocations, so they become successful, prepared, contributing adults.

Q: What are the requirements to be a mentor?

A: Interested volunteers should review and complete the CBMP Mentor Application and follow the specific instructions within the application. Typically mentors spend three hours per month with their mentees at pre-planned educational and career-oriented activities and one to three hours in individually planned activities.

Q: Who does Career Beginnings Mentoring Program support?

A: Career Beginnings assists graduating high school students from low/moderate-income families in Santa Ana in transition into higher education and careers to fulfill their potential as contributing members of the Santa Ana community. Without this help, many of these B- or C students become discouraged and drop out of school. During the past several years, CBMP students have had a graduation rate of 97%.

Q: How long is the program commitment?

A: The career Beginnings Mentoring Program runs during the school year from July to May. Many mentors stay in touch with their students after they graduate and continue to be a source of support and guidance.

Q: What is the quickest way to get a hold of Career Beginnings?

A: If you have any additional questions, please get in touch with Career Beginnings Mentoring Program by email at

Q: Is there training for the new mentors?

A: Normally, a formal training session is conducted before the beginning of the school term. All mentors are required to attend a training session. If you are interested in attending an orientation/training session to gain more information about our program and the students we serve, please get in touch with us by email at

Amazon Smile


Q: What is AmazonSmile?
A: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Career Beginnings of Orange County Mentoring Program (CBMP) every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as, with the bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to support first-generation students in Orange County!


Q: How do I select CBMP to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
A: On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you may need to select Career Beginnings of Orange County if it is not already chosen to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a contribution to CBMP.


Q: How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

A: To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
Shop Amazon Smile for CBMP!

Q: Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?
A: Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Q: How much of my purchase does Amazon donate to CBMP?
A: The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, AmazonSmile may offer special, limited-time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to CBMP. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Q: Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?
A: Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax-deductible by you.

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