MENTOR to Develop Guides to Support Youth Mentoring within Computer Science Fields

Brendan Anderson
October 12th, 2016
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In answer to President Barack Obama’s call for more accessibility to computer science (CS) programs, the CSforAll initiative was launched to lead the effort in creating more educational opportunities for students to develop CS fluency and coding skills. MENTOR: the National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is proud to support CSforAll by joining the national effort to promote and prepare the next generation of scientists, technicians, engineers, and mathematicians.

Eight months ago, President Obama stated: “in the new economy, computer science isn’t an optional skill – it’s a basic skill.’” Computer science not only refers to the basic computer skills that are essential for students to graduate, but an understanding of the coding and problem solving that is increasingly important to finding a job in the sciences.

By 2018, 51% of all jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM fields) are projected to require CS skills. These skills are also highly lucrative, with nearly half the job postings in the top quartile requiring some knowledge of coding. In order for our nation’s future engineers, programmers, and designers to be ready, they need to start preparing now.

To support this need, MENTOR is currently engaged in conversations with the White House to create new supplemental guidebooks to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, Fourth Edition™. The first of these guidebooks – the Guide for STEM Mentoring – will include revised or additional Standards, Benchmarks, and Enhancements supported by the latest research in mentoring and STEM education. The second guidebook – the Supplement for Corporate Mentoring Programs – will specifically address corporate youth mentoring initiatives (including those in the tech sector) and feature case studies and data from various industries of all sizes. Together, these Supplements will equip mentoring programs with the tools necessary to train mentors who can, in turn, educate and empower their mentees to take an interest in or thrive in STEM fields.

If you are affiliated with a mentoring program already working in STEM, MENTOR would like to hear your expertise. Contact Elizabeth Santiago, MENTOR’s Senior Director of Programs, to make your voice heard and advise on how these Guides can be developed with best practices and innovative models included.

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