Volunteer Mentor for "Mentors in the Making" Fab Lab Program
3 people are interested
Position Title: Mentor
Supervisor: Jon Doctorick, Fab Lab Technical and Education Manager
- Mentors work alongside a high school student in designing projects using technologies like 3D printing and laser cutting, while building a positive relationship with the student and supporting them in developing life skills and exploring a career in STEM.
- Mentors will work alongside a student while learning to use the Fab Lab equipment and software and then designing a capstone project that will have a positive impact in the community.
- Mentors are expected to act as a role model and a source of friendship and encouragement for their mentee.
- Mentors assist and collaborate with students on their project, and they empower and inspire the mentee to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
- Mentors also support students by guiding conversations about careers and school.
- Mentors are expected to meet with their mentee weekly at the Fab Lab for the duration of the program (November - April) on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 5:30 - 8:00 pm, based on mentor and mentee availability.
- Exceptions can be made with advanced notice to Supervisor, Jon Doctorick, or a designated Fab Lab employee, if a mentor needs to miss a meeting or the mentoring pair has agreed to switch days for one week.
- Interest in working with youth
- Interest in learning new skills
- Experience working in a STEM-related field
- At least 21 years old
- All mentoring is done on site. Any outside contact is mediated by Fab Lab staff.
- Mentors do not pedantically teach or discipline mentees.
- Mentors do not need to have any experience with Fab Lab equipment.
- Mentors will attend a Mentoring 101 workshop facilitated by the Mentoring Partnership as an introduction to mentoring best practices and to learn how to navigate building a relationship with their mentee.
- Mentors will learn how to use the hardware and software in the Fab Lab during instructional classes led by Fab Lab Education Facilitators during the first weeks of the program.
Work Location: Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center
- Free Parking
- Museum Discounts
- Dinner provided during Mentors in the Making sessions
- Upon acceptance into the program, all volunteers are required to provide and pay for background checks and clearances. Act 33 and 34 Clearances are free for volunteers.
- Volunteers who have lived in Pennsylvania for at least 10 years must have their Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 33) and Criminal Record Check Clearance (Act 34).
- Volunteers who have lived in Pennsylvania for less than 10 years must have their Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 33) and Criminal Record Check Clearance (Act 34) plus an FBI Fingerprint Clearance (Act 114).
We'll work with your schedule.
Carnegie Science CenterOne Allegheny AvePittsburgh, PA 15212
- People 55+
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- November-April 2019 on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 5:30 - 8:00 pm, based on mentor and mentee availability.
- Please go to http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/join/adult-volunteers/ to complete an online application, or call (412)237-1621 for more information.