A gender gap persists in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields, with women representing only 26 percent of STEM workers. Research shows mentoring is a proven way to support girls and women during critical junctures in the journey to a STEM career.
By matching, training and supporting Kansas City-area women interested in mentoring, Mentor Makers will build and strengthen the STEM mentor network by concentrating on three critical phases: high school, post-secondary education and early career. KC STEM Alliance is now taking applicants for the pilot program, which begins in fall of 2016.
STEM professionals interested in mentoring receive training and support through a one-year program that offers matching with mentees, logistics support and the chance to learn and reflect with other mentors.
High school mentors will work in pairs with groups of five to eight students. College mentors will be assigned two mentees each. Early career mentors will be matched with one mentee. Mentors will meet with their mentees over lunch or dinner during the year, with occasional other events or outings.
Mentors will be provided with training and materials throughout the year to help guide and support their discussions with mentees. Mentors can also request specific information to help in any area of specific interest, such as salary negotiations, resume building, job shadowing, etc., and receive scheduling help if requested.
The program also includes two mentor-only sessions where mentors can compare experiences, learn from others and give feedback.
If you’re ready to sign up as a mentor or mentee, get started by contacting Marian McClellan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-659-7748. Registration is now open for high school students: Fill out this form today. Limited openings are available for the pilot, so sign up soon!