Mentors and Mentoring
Dream A Dream - Be a Mentor
A video created by Dream A Dream to explain mentoring programs and how they help youth from vulnerable backgrounds through the critical phase of embracing adulthood.
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When young people have the chance to serve their communities, everyone benefits. YSA provides grants, tools, stories, awards and large-scale mobilization campaigns.
VolunteerMatch believes everyone should have the chance to make a difference. That's why they've make it easy for good people and good causes to connect.
You can use this resource to locate volunteer opportunities for you or your students, and to advertise volunteer or mentoring opportunities in your school.
Amateur Science includes a long list of volunteer mentors in fields ranging from neurobiology to optics to oceans.
Yes, You Can is a a guide for establishing mentoring programs to prepare youth for college created by the US Department of Education.
This exemplar based in the San Francisco Bay Area looks at the benefits of mentoring and encourages community members to be a mentor, either face-to-face or via e-mail. Look for similar programs in your area.
Code the Future is a global community of volunteer developers and educators providing opportunities for students of all ages, in schools around the world to learn how to code.
Founded in November 2014 and based in Melbourne, Australia, Code the Future connects volunteer software & web developers with teachers and schools to make these opportunities possible.
While much of the site's activity is in Australia, schools in the U.S. are starting to use this site.
Mentored Pathways is a project-based academic mentoring program, providing opportunities for students and teachers in a wide variety of areas.
The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is working to expand quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For nearly 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools. MENTOR carries out its work in collaboration with their network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships and more than 5,000 mentoring programs in all 50 states.
New Pathways for Youth is an example of local mentoring and support services available many communities around the country. Located in a low income area of Phoenix, AZ, New Pathways provides one-on-one mentoring and other support services to at risk youth.
Look for similar local programs in your area where you can get involved or use as a referral resource.
Be a mentor and create games! Part of the the National STEM Video Game Challenge is empowering adults – parents, teachers, librarians, etc. – who wish to support young people as they participate in the Challenge. While it can seem daunting task, a wide variety of tools and curricula are available to teach game design and allow even novice designers to make games. Many of the tools are designed specifically for education and allow for the creation of sophisticated games without a need for programming or other technical skills.
Literacy Green Bay is an example of a local program that helps adults and families acquire the reading, writing, math, English language, computer, and workforce skills they need to function effectively as workers and community members. High School students are actively recruited as mentors.
What groups are active in your area?
The American Association for the Advancement of Science and other organizations around the U.S. are looking for volunteers from science, engineering, and medical communities to help foster STEM literacy and motivate K-12 students to pursue STEM careers. Check with your local tech companies or school districts to see what volunteer opportunities exist in your area.