Mentor


"C4K fosters a feeling of camaraderie between all the mentors and members! I love the broad range of personalities and backgrounds I encounter here, whether it be the mentors or the students. All these interesting and unique people come together in this maker space to encourage learning and nurture an appreciation of STEAM fields." - Max Madani, C4K Mentor and Intern

Mentor Spotlight: Max Madani



We loved reading UVA Today's article, "Three Ways to Become a Better Mentor." Michael Lyons, a school psychologist at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development, has researched mentoring for years and said that mentoring is more complex than it appears. While specifically referring to UVA students and mentoring, the principles also apply to mentoring youth. “Effective mentoring relationships are definitely not accidental,” he said. Reflecting on the latest research about mentoring, Lyons shares three tips for making mentoring relationships effective.

UVA Today: Three Ways to Become a Better Mentor



At C4K, we follow the nationally recognized mentoring best practices that are laid out in MENTOR's, "Elements for Effective Practice for Mentoring." MENTOR recently published a supplement to this book, intended to provide additional research- and practitioner-informed recommendations for youth mentoring programs to more effectively serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth—as well as LGBTQ volunteers and other stakeholders.

Mentoring LGBTQQ+ Youth