- Career Site Visits: The mentoring experience is focused on career exploration with STEM, and students learn about careers through Career Site Visits hosted by a variety of employers around Washington, D.C. Site visits are typically two-hours and include a site tour, interviews with three employees in distinctly different jobs, and a pre- and post- visit coaching/Q&A session with a challenge presented for students to solve. Employers can host a career site visit once, or multiple times, for small or large groups of students.
- Lunch & Learn: Before an employer hosts a career site visit, we introduce our organization to the employer through a Lunch & Learn. The employer invites employees for lunch and Mentors, Inc. shares how to volunteer as mentors, as well as how the organization can be a career/STEM host site. Lunch and learns are typically at noon, and our PowerPoint presentation is only about 35 minutes long. This way, the employer learns about the partnership with Mentors, Inc., provides employees a way to volunteer with local education-related efforts, and learns more about how to host a career site visit – getting employees on board with the opportunity as well. Lunch & Learns typically draw from five to 25 employees.
- Sponsorship / Partnership: We shifted about 10 years ago from corporate sponsorships (one time event funding), to corporate “partnerships” to respond to corporations’ evolving need for more substantive engagement. Our corporate supporters typically donate $25,000 per year; serve on our Board of Directors; have logo presence at our annual May graduation celebration and on our web site; host Lunch & Learns for employee volunteering; and suggest other engagement that is meaningful to the corporation.
If your organization has an interest in local education, wants to provide opportunities for employees to engage locally, and wants to support local education, we’re happy to discuss how you can get involved in the power of mentoring for student success.