Mentor a Program Participant

Techtonica is a rigorous, six-month training program followed by job placement for Bay Area women and non-binary adults with low incomes. Our program participants 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 participants’ 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 mentees’ ideas.
  • Role Model – A mentor’s insight into their professional journey helps mentees 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 mentees, but with other program participants, Techtonica staff and board members, fellow mentors, as well as other Techtonica supporters.

Eligibility

In order to best serve Techtonica mentees, mentors must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • Employed as a Software Engineer or in a closely-related field
  • Familiar with the tech stack that participants will be using (React and Node) or willing to familiarize themselves with it
  • Able to attend most mentor events, including the matching and check-ins

Roles and Expectations

Mentors
  • Provide encouragement, professional advice, and technical guidance.
  • Stay accessible, committed, and engaged with mentees.
  • Outside of program hours (Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:30 PM), meet with mentees in-person or via video call at least two hours per week for the year of the program (the six months of the training followed by six months of placement or job search and community support).
  • Respond to mentee communications within 24 hours.
  • Submit regular reports to program staff.
  • Participate in program assessments as asked.
Program Participants
  • Meet with their mentors at least two hours per week for the duration of the training (six months) and placement (six months).
  • Stay accessible, committed, and engaged with mentors.
  • Participate in program assessments.
Techtonica
  • Recruit, select, and match mentors with participants.
  • Provide support and resources to facilitate participant/mentor relationship.

January 2022 Cohort Timeline

Oct 6th - Nov 12th Mentor applications open
Nov 1st - Nov 16th Mentor interviews
Nov 16th Mentor selections
Nov 30th Mentor matching and participant onboarding
December 2021 Support participants doing pre-work
January - June 2022 Support during Techtonica training
June - December 2022 Support during placement or job search

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