Mentor


C4K Mentorship PairC4K offers two types of volunteer mentoring opportunities:

One-on-one mentoring:

Mentors are paired with a young person based on common interests and commit to meeting with their learning partner for at least one hour per week for 9-12 months (a total of 36 hours).  Mentor pairs work together on science, technology, engineering, art, and/or math projects.  Projects can range from designing a website, to building an architectural model with popsicle sticks, to curating a photography exhibit for our design studio, to programming a video game.  Mentors help C4K youth discover new interests and build skills while developing a positive connection. Complete the online application and a C4K representative will contact you to schedule your orientation.

Group mentoring in The Clubhouse@C4K:

Clubhouse Mentors engage in group mentoring in our drop-in design studio during after-school hours.  Clubhouse mentors are not matched 1 to 1, but come in for 2 hours per week and commit to mentoring for 9-12 months.   Mentors and youth members work together on a variety of science, technology, engineering, art, and/math skill-building activities.  Youth members use computers to create their own animations, robots, movies, websites, artwork, music, 3D projects, and much more!  Mentors support youth members as they explore career/college opportunities.  Mentors focus on developing positive relationships while helping clubhouse youth express themselves through technology. Successful mentors also become “mutual learners.”  Mentors empower young people by encouraging them to teach their mentors and peers about technology. Complete the online application and a C4K representative will contact you to schedule your orientation.

Why mentor?

Join a community of young people and adults who create, invent and explore together using the latest technology tools.  Serve as a role model to youth while building your own skills and connecting with like-minded volunteers in our community.  Make  a positive impact on the life of a young person.

…but I’m not a “tech” expert…

You don’t have to be technically-savvy to make a difference! C4K provides mentors with training, support, and access to learning tools.  Successful volunteers vary in age, background, interests, and skills. Mentors have a variety of interests and occupational backgrounds. The most important qualification is that mentors have a genuine interest in working with young people. The best mentors are caring adults with the passion to inspire youth.

New mentor orientation

All volunteers complete an initial two hour orientation training and agree to a background check.  Orientations are held at C4K’s design studio (945 Second St SE Charlottesville, VA 22902) on the first Thursday of every month from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Interested but not ready to apply?  

Contact Tricia Howell, Volunteer Coordinator at 434-817-1121 ex. 2 or volunteer@computers4kids.net to learn more.

How do I apply?

Click here to apply today!