Mentor an Apprentice

Techtonica is a rigorous, six-month training program followed by job placement for Bay Area women and non-binary adults with low incomes. Our apprentices will benefit from the experience, insight, and support of someone who understands their desire to become software engineers and has successfully achieved that goal themselves. To improve our apprentices’ probability of success, we pair them with a mentor who can serve in the following roles:

  • Advisor – Mentors share their professional wisdom, give feedback on projects, and are available to be a sounding board for apprentices’ ideas.
  • Role Model – A mentor’s insight into their professional journey helps our apprentices see their own path into a new career.
  • Supporter – Learning to code can be a difficult and frustrating endeavor. It is incredibly important to have a mentor who listens with a sympathetic ear, acknowledges disappointments, and celebrates triumphs.

Benefits to Mentors

  • Techtonica mentors have a direct impact on creating a more diverse, inclusive tech industry.
  • Mentoring builds leadership skills in coaching, counseling, listening, and modeling.
  • Mentors have the opportunity to connect not only with their assigned apprentices, but with other apprentices, Techtonica staff and board members, fellow mentors, as well as other Techtonica supporters.


In order to best serve our apprentices, mentors must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • Employed as a Software Engineer or in a closely-related field
  • Live/work in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Able to attend most mentor events, including the matching on December 15th, 2018

Roles and Expectations

  • Provide encouragement, professional advice, and technical guidance.
  • Stay accessible, committed, and engaged with apprentices.
  • Meet with apprentices at least one hour per week for the duration of the training (six months) and placement (three to six months).
  • Respond to apprentice communications within 24 hours.
  • Submit regular reports to program staff.
  • Participate in program assessments as asked.
  • Meet with their mentors at least one hour per week for the duration of the training (six months) and placement (three to six months).
  • Stay accessible, committed, and engaged with mentors.
  • Participate in program assessments.
  • Recruit, select, and match mentors with apprentices.
  • Provide support and resources to facilitate apprentice/mentor relationship.

January 2019 Cohort Timeline

November 20th-December 3rd Mentor applications open
December 4th-December 6th Mentor interviews
December 8th Mentor selections
December 15th Mentor matching and apprentice onboarding
January 7th - June 21st Techtonica Training
June 24th - December Support during placement with Techtonica partners

If this sounds like a commitment that you can make, please apply now!