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Technology is changing the world. The Digital Literacy Project believes every student deserves equitable access to the creative and intellectual opportunities that accompany this change. We empower traditionally underserved communities through computer science education.
Pathfinders is a mentoring initiative of the Digital Literacy Project. Pathfinders believes that if you can’t see it, you can’t be it. When STEM academics and professionals share their passion, students gain a vision for what is possible in their own lives.
Pathfinders connects academics and professionals in STEM (mentors) with Boston area middle and high school students (mentees). Mentoring sessions are devoted to building relationships by learning about the mentor's career and developing computer science skills by coding an application similar to Instagram.
The Pathfinders mentoring model focuses on three aspects: support, exposure, and skills.
Mentors know and value their mentees for who they are and all of the potential that they hold. Support builds confidence.
By sharing their professional journeys with mentees, mentors help students make the cognitive leap from where they are now to where they could be. Exposure engenders vision.
Belief in one’s self and vision for the future are substantiated and encouraged by tangible skills, which can be transfered to other aspects of mentees' lives. Skills create opportunity.
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