OIT U's Mentorship Program

Out in Tech U’s Mentorship Program empowers and encourages diversity in the tech world, pairing young adults with like-minded professionals working in the tech sector today. Students can learn first-hand the hard and soft skills needed for launching a successful career.

To help mentees develop the skills they need and want, Out in Tech taps its network of 15,000 members to find volunteer engineers, designers, researchers, and marketing gurus who are passionate about helping the next generation of tech professionals.

Through an eight-week-long growth workshop, mentors and mentees work closely together to create fun and inspiring projects, visit cool tech companies, and build lasting relationships based on mutual respect and interests.

We offer both in-person mentorship in New York City, as well as remote mentorship anywhere in the United States.

The Need-To-Knows

It's Free

No joke! Thanks to our amazing sponsors and partners, the program is free. We have both in-person mentorship located in NYC, as well as remote mentorship.

Open + Inclusive

We primarily work with LGBTQ+ youth, but we love everyone’s support and participation. Allies and friends are welcome!

Awesome Mentors

Get paired with diverse professionals working in the tech industry who come from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Program Duration

Kickoff is October 5th, and runs for 8 weeks ending on December 14th.

Weekly Commitment

For 2 hours each week mentees and their mentors connect in-person or via Skype, at the times of their choosing.

Professional Development

Half-way through the program, mentees and mentors will have two group outings hosted at a sweet tech company. (Previous visits include Pinterest and Bloomberg)

Hear From Previous Mentors + Mentees

Out in Tech’s Youth Mentorship Program offered me a great experience where I got to hear from LGBTQ people working in tech, and learn more about their experiences. My favorite part was visiting Pinterest’s New York office for a group panel discussion. I am also really thankful that I got to meet Matt my mentor who helped develop my professional skills and became a great friend to me.

Robin

Mentee / Freshman Programming Student

Being a mentor for Robin was a fun and gratifying way to help out and give back. I taught her the basics of web development and design, and offered an introduction to personal storytelling and how it relates to the workplace. We still talk quite frequently, and I’m excited to see where her future career in technology will lead.

Matt

Mentor / Software Developer

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Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone between the ages of 15-25 is welcome to apply to be a mentee. We encourage any students interested in programing, data, or design (and no previous experience or coursework is necessary to apply). Those applying for the NYC mentorship program should live in the New York Metro area. Remote mentees can be anywhere.

Now! Mentee applications close September 7th, so don’t wait!

We accept about 25 students in the greater NYC area each session, and the program is completely free (thanks to our amazing sponsors below). 

The size of the remote program will depend on the number of applicants.

Kickoff is October 5th, and runs for 8 weeks (ending on December 14th).

For 2 hours each week mentees and their mentors connect in-person or via Skype, at the times of their choosing.

Half-way through the program all mentees and mentors participate in a group outing hosted at a sweet tech company in the city. (Previous visits include Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Bloomberg)

Mentors are expected to commit approximately 3 hours per week, with 2 hours dedicated to meeting with your mentee (these can be blocked together, or as two 1-hour sessions). One hour is dedicated to developing students’ career-oriented skills to prepare them for the working world (e.g., information about career paths, interviewing skills, and resume building); the second houris dedicated to building the student’s project (see below for more information).

Paired mentors will need to complete a background check with the City of New York in order to work with students. We will provide more information when that process begins. If you have already been fingerprinted in the past for a volunteering or teaching opportunity, please let us know in your application.

Mentors and mentees will identify areas of interest and experience in their applications. Out in Tech will provide mentors with eligible students’ resumes, and ask them to identify three candidates they would be comfortable working with. Out in Tech will then make the final pairings.

For mentors, ideal candidates will be experienced STEM professionals comfortable helping students with small technical projects. However, we welcome volunteers from a broad range of tech-related fields, including sales, marketing, design, etc.

Out in Tech will provide a suggested skeletal outline of topics and activities to cover during mentoring sessions. However, mentors and mentees are encouraged to use their creativity to build on this, dedicating time on particular areas of mutual interest and expertise. Mentors and mentees will spend time each week developing both functional and career-oriented skills for a future in tech.

Students entering the program will be asked to prepare a small project that they expect to complete in eight weeks. They will then have the opportunity to present their projects as part of the program’s graduation in December.Mentors should guide initial project selection, and can help refine or modify projects, as necessary, throughout the program.

Mentor/mentee meet-ups will ideally be done in-person, at a time and place of mutual choosing. At least three events will be hosted at various sites around the city — dates/locations are still to be determined.

This is a case-by-case situation. Some students may have their own laptops on which to work on their projects. For students without, we may ask mentors to bring a laptop with them to mentoring sessions. Out in Tech is committed to ensuring every student and mentor has the necessary equipment to be successful in the program.

Applications close September 14th, and all those who applied by the deadline should expect to hear no later than September 21st.