Being a Mentor
Students are matched with either undergraduate, graduate students or professionals who share common educational and/or career interests. These relationships provide encouragement and support on an interpersonal level
Why is Mentoring Important?
Over the years, many studies have demonstrated there is a need for effective mentoring. Some of the most compelling 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.
Goals of Mentoring
- To provide students with positive role models
- To provide access to the professional and college communities
- To offer personal and career guidance
- To expand the students’ horizons
- To offer emotional and psychological support
What is my Role as a Mentor?
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.
What is the Time Commitment?
Mentors are encouraged to:
- Attend a mandatory mentor orientation and training
- Engage in 4-6 hours per month of interpersonal communication with your mentee (in-person meetings, phone, and e-mail contact)
- Attend monthly mentor-mentee socials with your mentee as well as other Making Connections workshops and activities
- Provide monthly updates to program staff
What will I do?
- Be a good listener
- Impart to your mentee the standards, culture, and expectations of the workplace
- Share college and work experiences with your mentee
- Be a resource to your mentee by providing advice on how to network and gain contacts for professional opportunities
- Advise mentees on career and professional development
What are the requirements?
- Being at least 18 years of age
- Enrolled on undergraduate, graduate program or working professionally.
How do I get involved?