STEM Mentoring is an ongoing mentorship program for girls, young women and non-binary youth ages 9 to 13.
Rooted in the belief that girls cannot be what they cannot see, STEM Mentoring is about more than just building girls' interest in skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) - it's about building strong, healthy relationships with other girls and mentors (who just so happen to be amazing women working in our community in the STEM field)!
The program is flexible and customizable, and participants themselves decide with their mentors what kinds of activities, outings and experiments they'd like to do. With no fixed agenda or curriculum, girls and their mentors have been able to explore things like robotics, aerodynamics, dry ice and ecosystems; together, they've gone on trips to the Butterfly Conservatory, rare Charitable Research Reserve and the Humber College Arboretum.
More details about the YWCA program:
This volunteer position runs from September 2017 to June 2018 for two hours per week. Program runs every other week on Wednesdays.
All Mentors must be self-identifying women, with a career or education in (or currently in school for), Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.
STEM Mentoring is funded by the Canadian Women's Foundation.
Responsibilities of mentors:
- Participate in initial and on-going training sessions
- Contribute two hours each week to group mentoring activities and occasional special events or field trips.
- Commit for the duration of the program.
- Facilitate conversations, team-building and trust-enhancing group activities.
- Facilitate goal setting and follow up with mentees.
- Work with mentees to research and plan relevant, innovative, engaging activities that are rooted in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
- Be a positive role model for Mentees.
- Work with Mentorship Coordinator in providing quality programming.