“It is extremely empowering to impact a student’s life by mentoring at Computers4Kids. What makes mentoring appealing is that once you become involved, the involvement becomes addictive – you crave increased participation and learning. Mastering new software is only a small portion of the benefits derived. I learned to communicate with these students, and I learned to understand their niche in this challenging world. The most rewarding experience was witnessing my first student watch the final version of his movie project. He had a smile on his face large enough to have saved the world from sadness for a just a moment. He was so proud! At graduation his entire family was proud for and of him, extremely appreciative of my mentoring efforts, and the support of C4K staff.
We are all mentors in some way – we are parents, uncles, aunts, big brothers, big sisters, upperclassmen in school and friends. C4K invites you to extend your mentoring sphere to include their students.” – Vince Dish, C4K Mentor
Your purpose as a C4K Mentor is to teach valuable skills, set a positive example, and be a friend.
After attending a Mentor Orientation session, you will be matched with one of our students. Students are in middle or high school. You will meet with your student once per week to work on projects that you decide upon together. You may also choose to attend special C4K-sponsored events for mentors and/or students such as workshops on different software programs.
Of course! You need not be a programmer or Web designer to be a C4K Mentor. If you are comfortable using the Internet and Microsoft applications such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and can navigate around a Windows or Mac computer, you can teach a student a great deal. Your positive attitude and interest in learning new things will be your keys to success as a mentor.
Mentors must attend an orientation course that lasts 2 hours. In addition, mentors meet with student one hour per week for a total of 36 hours (for community members) or one and a half hours per week for one academic year (for UVA students who leave for the summer).
The Computers4Kids Learning Lab at 945 Second Street SE, off Elliott Avenue, in the IX building.
Absolutely! As a C4K Mentor, you will benefit greatly from having a part in bringing positive, permanent change to a young life in your community. You can feel good knowing that the skills that your student learns through you will give him or her tools for future success. And as a bonus, you will have the opportunity to learn new skills as well.