Position Title: Virtual Mentor in the Educurious Expert Network

Educurious is a nonprofit organization committed to sparking interest, igniting possibility, and connecting young people to the world.  We support teachers as they bring excitement and purpose to the classroom through project based learning experiences that are grounded in rigorous curriculum.  And by engaging with real world professionals, students receive concrete feedback, build impactful relationships in a wide variety of fields, and are exposed to a universe of career possibilities.
 
Project based learning shifts the role of students to active participants in their learning, and cultivates their abilities to collaborate, persist in their endeavors, communicate effectively, increase subject knowledge, and the ability to apply that information to authentic problems. Key to a successful project based learning environment is having a network of experts who are invested in students’ success – helping them develop critical thinking skills as they engage in learning that matters to them.
 
Through partnerships with individual employers and local businesses, young people learn the skills and experience necessary to be successful in the workplace while exploring the breadth of potential career possibilities.  As a mentor, you will join a network of caring adults committed to investing in the next generation of diverse leaders, ages 14-18.


Position Summary
Mentors and students are matched using an online platform.  Through the platform, students pose questions about careers or subjects they are interested in, and expert mentors share stories about their education, industry, career path, challenges and successes. Students are able to practice communication and collaboration skills they are learning in their classrooms with professionals working in the industries where they aspire to work.  These connections enable students to gain a better understanding of the demands of given fields, develop knowledge about career paths, and create powerful networks for the future. They learn to be flexible, self-directed learners, experience deepened engagement, and emerge with the knowledge, skills and mindsets for workforce readiness and postsecondary education success.

Duties and Responsibilities
Virtual mentoring duties are designed to be responsive to the needs and interests of students. The following are examples of duties and responsibilities of mentors in the network:
 
  • Respond to student requests to engage in a virtual interaction like an informational interview or participate in a video conference.
  • Connect online with your student mentee to share your education journey, professional experience, career pathways, and interests.   
  • Answer student questions honestly.
  • Offer feedback to address what the student did well and areas they can improve.
Mentors should be able to contribute 1-3 hours per month and commit to staying involved throughout the course of the program, January 2018 – June 2018.
 
Support
Expert Network mentors receive direct support from Educurious including:
  • Virtual mentoring handbook and onboarding session.
  • Best practices for working with diverse high school populations.
  • Training on safety and security through our secure volunteer platform.
  • Access to an Educurious Expert Relationship Manager to field any questions or concerns.

Qualifications and Skills
Mentors in the Educurious Expert Network should have an interest in supporting young people in high school to develop professional and career skills. Mentors are not required to have prior mentoring experience, but should have:
 
  • Self-awareness of personal and professional path, growth and goals and enthusiasm for sharing career knowledge with others.
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback and model professional reflection.
  • Passion for identifying, validating and encouraging positive qualities and development in others.
  • A high school diploma or GED. Additional professional credential or higher education is preferred.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of work experience, increasing levels of responsibility is preferred.
 
Educurious strongly encourages individuals with diverse experiences, backgrounds and demographics that reflect and resonate with young people served by Educurious to apply. Experts must successfully complete a background check to work with minors.
 
Application Process
To apply, complete the Expert Network application available here (select the option to connect as an “Expert”). Once you have indicated your interest, you will hear from an Expert Relationship Manager within 2 business days.