Youth Mentorship Program
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of professional mentors are you seeking?
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.
When will the Youth Mentorship Program run?
The program lasts for eight consecutive weeks, beginning the week of October 9, 2017. The Kickoff will be the week of October 16, and the program will conclude the week of November 27.
How many hours per week should I expect to commit?
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).
Who is responsible for designing the curriculum?
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.
Who is responsible for designing the mentees’ projects?
Students entering the program will be asked to prepare a small project that they expect to complete in eight weeks. Mentors should guide initial project selection, and can help refine or modify projects, as necessary, throughout the program.
Where will meet-ups be?
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.
Who will provide the necessary technology (laptops, software, etc.)?
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.
Are there key dates I need to be available?
We understand schedule conflicts arise. However, we ask all mentors to make a commitment to the weekly mentoring sessions. In addition, we will be hosting bigger events (tentative schedule; subject to change):
- Program Kickoff: Week of October 9
- Mid-Point Event: Week of October 30
- Program Wrap-up: Week of November 27
What is the mentor/mentee matching process?
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.
What is expected of mentors when the pilot ends?
Mentors will be asked to participate in a short program evaluation to help us understand the program’s success and viability, and make recommendations for future iterations.
When will I be notified if I’ve been selected as an Out in Tech Youth Mentor?
Applications close Friday, September 8, and all those who applied by the deadline should expect to hear no later than Friday, September 22.
If accepted, what are my immediate next steps?
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.