UW Women's Center
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
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