Mentorship is a vital part of our organization’s work, and by joining us, you join a vibrant community of students, full-time staff, and other Mentors who want to help students innovate toward a better world.
Benefits for Mentors
Engage in the meaningful experience of supporting students who are working to change the world!
Catch the creativity, energy, and ideas of incredible students who believe a better future is possible!
Reflect on your own skills and experiences and improve your own work and life as a result!
Develop your skills as a mentor and teacher!
Make a big social impact with your time!
Connect to a network of other Mentors from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and industries!
An optiMize Mentor’s Commitments to Mentees
From the optiMize Guide to Great Mentorship
I will find the good first.
I will try to be helpful, not just to be "right."
I will “sit next to you” and put problems in front of us rather than between us.
I will ask you to clarify any important idea that isn’t clear to me.
I will never crush your dreams or make you feel stupid.
I will challenge you only after I have made it clear that I have listened to you and I care about you.
I will ask thoughtful questions to challenge you and help you see new possibilities.
I will acknowledge that I still might not fully understand the issue.
I will help you understand your strengths and how to use them to address your challenges.
I will always let the student make their own decision.
I will tell stories from my own experience to illustrate potential lessons, but I will not give specific directions to you — not all of my lessons apply to your experience and this is your business, not mine.
I will work with you to create clear expectations of what must be completed (if anything) before we meet again.
*This list draws from Brené Brown’s Engaged Feedback Checklist as well as input from optiMize mentors.