Hack the Hood Seeks Tech Mentors!


Cause Areas


Wed May 23, 2018 - Thu Jul 05, 2018


439 International Blvd.Suite 1Oakland, CA 94606


Career Mentor - This is a 6-week commitment

Mentees will split up into "Success Teams" of 2-4 young people based on their immediate career goals (e.g. land a design internship, apply to coding bootcamp, or enroll in a Dev Ops community college program). All mentees are currently participating in Hack the Hood's Tech Ladder Academy, a six-week program focusing on career navigation and professional development activities.

Each Success Team will be matched with a mentor who works in a related career. The goal of the mentorship program is to support the Success Team by providing weekly guidance and feedback as they work toward their goals, and to follow up with students to help them stay accountable to their career plan.

Mentorship Activities:

  • Kick Off Day - Wednesday, May 23rd from 1-3pm at the Hack the Hood office (this is the last day of Tech Ladder Academy)
  • Shadow Day or Office Tour - Mentors will host their Success Team at their office for a shadow day or tour with lunch. Hack the Hood will provide a suggested agenda.
  • Weekly Check In - Success Teams and Mentors will meet once a week for a 45 minute check in preferably in person, but virtually is ok too. Hack the Hood will provide guiding questions.

Mentors will support students with the following:

  • Develop and practice professional skills
  • Learn about navigating the tech world
  • Seek out exposure opportunities like internships, jobs, and informational interviews
  • Expand their professional networks
  • Learn first-hand about successes and failures when breaking into the tech industry
  • Maintain accountability for their career plans

Mentor requirements:

  • A deep understanding of navigating the tech sector in order to be able to speak to career paths and provide students’ career path recommendations
  • We prefer that mentors volunteer at one of the two earlier volunteer events on May 7th or May 9th if possible

Tech Ladder Academy:
All mentees are currently participating in Tech Ladder Academy. Hack the Hood is collaborating with NOVA Workforce Development, Virgil, and Economic Advancement Research Institute to host this program that's aimed at kickstarting our students’ careers in tech. Part professional development, part tech class, the students will learn the basics of CSS, Javascript, and HTML in addition to foundational career navigation skills. This cohort will include 21 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 from Alameda County; half of this cohort has previously participated in Hack the Hood programs. This opportunity is completely free of charge for our students.

Although we welcome applicants from everyone, we prioritize candidates who relate to the lived experiences of our young adults, including people of color, LGBTQ-identified individuals, and professionals with "non-traditional" educational backgrounds. However, we welcome applications from everyone who has an interest in serving our community. It is critically important that these volunteers can build rapport with our students, as they’ll be working very closely with and administering feedback to them.

All volunteers and mentors must clear a phone screening and background check, and attend a volunteer orientation if they are a new Hack the Hood volunteer.


  • Mentoring
  • Web Design / UX
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Graphic Design
  • IT Consulting
  • Software Engineering

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • 45 minute check-in once a week

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