For those who don't about it, the NYC department of Ed just opened a new public high school dedicated to computer science. The school is currently looking for mentors for the kids. It should be a lot of fun, and I thought that some members of this group might be interested. More details below!
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The Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE), a new public high
school in New York City, is finishing a mentorship drive to
match our 9th grade students with professional mentors from the
technology industry. We are using a program called iMentor to
manage the mentor-student relationship and provide a curriculum
for students and mentors to engage with focused around high
school graduation, college admission, and career. Anyone
interested in becoming a mentor can read more about the program
on the iMentor website: www.imentor.org
sign up on the Become a Mentor page in the website.
The iMentor program asks for a minimal commitment from mentors
including a one-time training session (2.5 hours) during the
month of October or early November (a variety of dates are
available), a weekly email response to an email that your mentee
will send, and a once a month 2 hour meeting with the mentor at
the school (40 Irving Place). The weekly email is composed by
the student as a part of a class during the school day and
centers around a curriculum prompt provided by the iMentor
program. The school also has an assigned, full time staff
member who is available to you for questions at any time - this
staff member can help provide you with references to answer
student questions, or give advice regarding student
communication you may have questions about. The email is
exchanged through the iMentor system and students do not have
the expectation of privacy in communication with their mentors.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact Leigh
Ann DeLyser, CS Curriculum Consultant at AFSE,
[address removed], Primo Lasana, [address removed], AFSE
iMentor Representative, or Larry Mahl iMentor Volunteer
Coordinator [address removed] for more information.
Thank you for supporting the next generation of Computer
Scientists and Software Engineers!