UW Women's Center

Mentor Program

Making Connections students are matched with either a college student or professional who shares common educational and/or career interests. The primary objective of a mentor relationship is to support students in their transition to college.

To become a Making Connections mentor, you must…

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program, or working professionally.
  • Complete the 2016-2017 Mentor Application

MENTOR DESCRIPTION

Join Making Connections for an opportunity to change the life of a high school student. Offer guidance, support, and motivation to first generation students who are exploring higher education and careers in the STEM fields.

  • Dedicate 4 to 6 hours a month to mentor/mentee bonding activities
  • Support your student as they prepare for college and future career options
  • Attend quarterly mentor/mentee Making Connections social events
  • Provide monthly feedback to program staff
  • Create a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere
  • Have fun!

WHY ARE MENTORS IMPORTANT?

Over the years, several studies have demonstrated a need for effective mentoring. Some of the strongest reasons for mentoring in science, technologies, engineering, and math (STEM) are that:

  • Women in STEM fields are underrepresented in the student body and the workforce.
  • Female students often suffer a decline in academic and career ambitions during college years.
  • Female students often have lower self-confidence about their chances for success, and benefit from strong mentor relationships.

WHAT WE EXPECT OF OUR MENTORS?

  • To give a high school student from the Seattle area the best mentoring experience possible.
  • To be a caring adult who supports and encourages your mentee to pursue her aspirations to enroll in higher education and explore her many career options in math, science, and technology.
  • To be a strong listener
  • To impart to your student the standards and expectations of the college and/or professional environment
  • To share your college and work experiences with your student
  • To be a resource to your student by providing advice on how to network and gain contacts for professional opportunities

Hear what our mentors had to say, click here!