The participants assimilated quickly to the “speed-dating” format, with STEM professionals moving from table to table during the five rounds of 10-minute intervals, enabling students and teachers to ask questions and learn about STEM professions during each roundtable discussion.
As a facilitator, I watched the students engage and listened to their well-versed questions from “What is the favorite part of your job?
Research the mentors in advance Speed mentoring events will usually have a theme or topic such as: getting your business online, how to run a food business, making and designing, publishing online, exporting, inventions advice, marketing, intellectual property, etc. Some of the mentors you may be familiar with, others not so much.
You will probably have signed up based on the theme that most suits your needs. Do a quick Google search on each of the mentors and make a note on their background, past experience and area of expertise.
On-site programs typically meet only during the school year for an hour a week.
We encourage Bigs and Littles to choose activities they both enjoy.
The collective “vibe” in the room was palpable; the symbiotic relationship of mentors describing what they love to do in their work-life with students’ searching for the jobs that synced with their passions and interests created an incredible buzz—full of smiles and fun throughout.
Caseworkers do their best to match mentors with a Little Brother or Little Sister who has interests similar to theirs.
Many agencies organize group activities for matches, and are sometimes given tickets to movies, sporting events, and cultural events which they offer to their matches.
It is a well-known fact: The percentage of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines and careers is disproportionate to the amount of men in those same fields.
As jobs in the 21 century become more technologically based, it is imperative that capable creative minds from diverse backgrounds integrate themselves into these STEM arenas.