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
  • Able to attend most mentor events (at least remotely), including the matching on December 7th, 2019

Roles and Expectations

  • Provide encouragement, professional advice, and technical guidance.
  • Stay accessible, committed, and engaged with apprentices.
  • Outside of program hours (Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:30 PM), meet with apprentices in-person or via video call at least two hours per week for the duration of the training (six months) and placement (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 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.
  • Recruit, select, and match mentors with apprentices.
  • Provide support and resources to facilitate apprentice/mentor relationship.

January 2020 Cohort Timeline

October 18th - November 15th Mentor applications open
November 18th - November 25th Mentor interviews
November 27th Mentor selections
December 7th Mentor matching and apprentice onboarding
January - June 2020 Techtonica Training
July - December 2020 Support during placement with Techtonica partners

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