Mentoring at C4K is: Collaboration, goal-setting, fun, exploration, discovery, consistency, friendship, trust, advocacy, coaching, curiosity, listening, and learning.
Mentoring transforms lives. Did you know that 1 in 3 young people will grow up without a mentor? We believe that all youth should have the 21st-century technology skills necessary to be competitive in college and future careers. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.
Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.
MENTORING AT C4K
Volunteer mentors are an essential part of C4K. Mentors can work with youth in two different ways: weekly 1:1 mentoring or group mentoring in our Clubhouse maker space and Engineering & Robotics Lab.
At C4K, we’re fortunate to have a diverse community of mentors who volunteer once a week to learn and grow alongside local youth. Our mentor community is made up of UVA students, faculty and staff, local engineers, scientists, designers, retirees, business-owners — a truly diverse cross-section of our community.
“I mentor at C4K so I can interact with amazing local youth who go out of their way to learn and challenge themselves. There’s always a new STEM project that someone is starting.
Walking into the Clubhouse makerspace energizes me… someone is always creating or exploring. I hope that through my mentorship, I’ve helped youth continue their passion for learning.”– Kevin, Group Mentor at C4K & UVA Engineering Student
“I choose to mentor because I had mentors in my life that I looked up to. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to volunteer at C4K!
I worked alongside Mckenzie who figured out how to replace her MacBook laptop’s display. It was something neither of had done before and together we did the research and found the right OEM parts and online instructional guides to get the job done. From there, McKenzie disassembled the laptop, replaced the display, and reassembled it all by herself!
It’s amazing what can be done if you just set your mind to it! It was a proud mentoring moment for us!”– Anna, 1:1 Mentor at C4K and Data Scientist at Elder Research