Mentor a Program Participant

Techtonica is a rigorous, six-month training program followed by job placement for 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.


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

  • 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 your mentee or the cohort via video calls 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.
  • Recruit, select, and match mentors with participants.
  • Provide support and resources to facilitate participant/mentor relationship.

January 2023 Cohort Timeline

October 18th - November 29th Mentor applications open
November 21st - December 2nd Mentor interviews
December 2nd Mentor acceptance letter
December 7th Mentor and participants onboarding
December 9th Mentor and participant matching
December 2022 Support participants doing pre-work
January - June 2023 Support during Techtonica training
July - December 2023 Support during placement or job search

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