At C4K, we offer two types of mentoring:
- One-to-one mentoring* in our Mentor Studio: All new youth members are matched with a mentor, and work shoulder-to-shoulder to plan, create and evaluate ~2 STEAM projects.
- Group mentoring in our Clubhouse “makerspace”: All members invited to drop-in any time, for group-mentoring projects.
Becoming a Youth “Member”.
Prior to becoming a C4K member, youth complete an application and tour C4K with a parent (or their guardian, adult family member, or adult family friend). During the initial visit, members are introduced to the Clubhouse and Mentoring Studio and meet C4K staff members. We love to meet with new members and parents in person so we can get to know you, which helps us make the best match with a mentor.
C4K staff asks for ongoing parent feedback on our program. We encourage parents to visit C4K and see the amazing work members are doing in our design studios. Please contact C4K to schedule a tour, or pop in between 3:30pm and 7:30pm, Monday to Friday. Our phone number is: 434-817-1121.
All new youth members of C4K have the opportunity to develop a positive relationship with a caring adult community volunteer, through weekly, hour-long, sessions over 36 to 40 weeks (about one year). Learning partners spend their time engaging in hands-on activities, learning new skills, exploring software applications, and producing projects that have meaning and relevance in their lives. Each pair’s projects represent an investment of time and effort together and result in the demonstration of mastery of new skills.
Members benefit from our mentoring program in many ways:
- Develop a sustained positive relationship with a caring adult
- Build digital skills for college and career
- Participate in hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities
- Plan, manage, and complete projects that follow their own interests
- Reflect, evaluate, and revise project designs
- Earn a laptop for personal use
- Participate in a graduation celebration of their accomplishments
A glimpse at the mentoring timeline:
Hours 1-7: Members and mentors get to know one another! They develop ideas and explore interests applications together,
Hours 8-10: Pairs work on a fun collaborative project; Pairs submit this student planning form,
Hours 14-18: Pairs wrap up first project and submit member evaluation form. (Member becomes eligible for~~a home computer depending~~availability and pair meeting consistently) Hours 16-20: Pairs plan a second project and submit a planning form
Hours 30-33: Pairs finish 2nd project and submit evaluation form, and create a portfolio post.
Hours 33-36: Pairs wrap up mentoring partnership and the member is eligible to graduate from the Mentorship program!
Clubhouse @ C4K
All youth members are welcome to drop-in to Clubhouse, to work on STEAM projects individually, with peers or with Clubhouse mentors.
C4K’s Clubhouse is part of The Clubhouse Network – an international community of over 100 clubhouses located in 18 countries, providing youth with life-changing opportunities for 25 years. The Clubhouse Network is a collaboration with the MIT Media Lab.
The Clubhouse @ C4K uses a learning approach designed to empower youth from all backgrounds to become more capable, creative, and confident learners. This approach is grounded in research from the fields of education, developmental and social psychology, cognitive science, and youth development. It builds on research on the role of affect and motivation in the learning process, the importance of social context, and the interplay between individual and community development. It leverages new technologies to support new types of learning experiences and engage young people who have been alienated by traditional educational approaches.
C4K’s philosophy is youth-centered, engaging, and focused on project-based learning (PBL). Our learning model is informed by and aligned with best practices suggested by leading Positive Youth Development (PYD) out-of-school time, technology, and K-12 education organizations such as Youth Nex, National Youth Employment Coalition and Buck Institute for Education.
Workshops and Field Trips
C4K offers members and mentors exciting workshops and field trips. We believe exposure to local tech careers through job shadowing, field trips, guest speakers, and expert-led workshops; help youth understand how the skills they are learning at C4K make them qualified for secure, living wage careers in STEM fields
C4K enthusiastically partners with many local and regional agencies and organizations to provide high-quality opportunities for our members. Check out our established partnerships and find out more about partnering with us.