What is the Mentor Program?
The mentor program is a great way to become involved in the Chapel Hill community by teaching basic skills such as Microsoft Word and Google search to low-income adults, as well as introducing computers and intereresting applications to young children. We offer multiple opportunities to volunteer at various locations and times throughout the week.
The adult classes that we teach are called TECH classes (Technology Empowerment for Chapel Hill), and we run them through a joint program with the local organization, CEF (the Community Empowerment Fund) to provide people with reduced-priced laptops after coming to our sessions and then completing a test, which we grade. As a mentor, you will help the participants of our program learn the skills they need to pass the test and find jobs and information while improving their overall lifestyle with the help of technology.
The children are taught a different set of skills through our fun curriculum that allows us to bring out their imaginative side with the help of technology. We will teach them important concepts of computer science, help them utilize computers more effectively, and introduce them to programming, all while having fun doing it!
How Do I Apply?
The Mentor Program application for the 2015 fall semester has officially opened! Please fill out the application here by Friday, September 4th. Note that we will be holding three orientation sessions for our mentors and we expect each mentor to attend one of the following half-hour sessions:
- Tuesday, September 8th at 5:30 pm
- Wednesday, September 9th at 5:00 pm
- Thursday, September 10th at 6:00 pm
No need to fret if you cannot attend any of these sessions; just note that on your application and we will set up a time that works for you!
What Are the TECH Classes Like?
We will pair you up with a participant before beginning the program. You will then work with this participant from their first computer class until you hand them their newly acquired computer. Our participants typically attend one class a week, so there will be plenty of opportunities to interact with and get to know your mentee.
Participants start at all different skill levels, so in order to help them out the most, you’ll need to know where to start from. We will give you possible suggestions of where to begin at our orientation session.
Site leader program:
What is a Site Leader?
This position is open to mentors who have had at least a semester’s experience at TWB. As usual, you will mentor and work with a participant most of the time, but, in the event that a co-chair cannot make it to a TECH class or a kid’s class, you will be in charge of supervising that class. Questions and inquiries will be directed to you, which you can direct back to us by text or email if you don’t know the answer.
In the case that there are more participants than mentors and both the site leader and co-chair are at the class, the co-chair will, if possible, have to teach 2 to 3 people at once. The site leader will also teach the next 2 to 3 people if there is still a need to teach more than one participant at a time. This isn’t likely to happen, but, if it does, we’re hoping to have a back-up plan for this scenario.
We’ll give you the phone number of the co-chair who is most likely to be at your TECH class. If you can’t make it to the class a certain day, you will have to inform them by text or email. If they cannot make it or have to leave early, they will text or email you.
How Do I Apply?
We are currently looking for a site leader for our JobLink program so if you are a returning mentor, please consider applying here by Friday, September 4th!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!