Become a ULF Mentor Today!
Mentoring gives you the extraordinary opportunity to facilitate a young person’s personal and professional growth. By sharing knowledge you learned through years of experience. While the primary intent of your mentoring role is to challenge the mentee to think in new and different ways, the mentee is not the only one who gains from the arrangement. As a mentor, you will find rewards and benefits of making a difference in that person’s life. When you decide to mentor someone, you really have no way of knowing how far they will go. Whether you shape the next great entrepreneur of our time or help someone achieve her dreams, you willl make a difference — and that’s all that matters.
Benefits of Mentoring
Mentoring is about consistently showing up and building a friendship through shared activities and is a shared opportunity for learning and growth. Mentors say that they gain many rewards from the experience and the mentor/mentee relationship allows them to have fun, achieve personal growth, have a better attitude at work, and feel that they are making a difference. Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects for your people, and that ultimately strengthens our community. It is critical to helping to encourage the next generation of tech professionals. In a recent national report called The Mentoring Effect, young people who were at-risk for not completing high school but who had a mentor were 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. They were also:
81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities
78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities
More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team
This same report found that one in three young people in our country will grow up without a mentor.
ULF Stem Mentoring—STEM/Tech mentoring—is at the core of what skills-based volunteering program, does. We want to inspire everyone, but especially underserved youth to pursue education and careers in STEM/Tech. The tech skills gap for underserved youth, women and minorities is real. The Urban Leadership Foundation is addressing this issue by providing a fast and easy way for tech professionals to meet and engage with students, to explain tech careers, and to help kids realize that these careers are within their reach. We constantly seek out opportunities for tech professionals to meet students who are battling the odds so that our volunteers can mentor and inspire them to pursue STEM/Tech education and careers. The tech gap is palpable, but so is the impact of STEM/Tech mentoring.