January is National Mentoring Month!

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Aspire to Inspire

January 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the National Mentoring Month and offers an opportunity for you to touch and inspire lives. Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects for mentees, which ultimately strengthens the community. Mentoring is critical to helping encourage the next generation of tech professionals.

Mentoring has enormous benefits for youth. It can be a powerful factor in reducing disconnects from school and work, in increasing social and economic mobility, and in creating more productive and prosperous communities. Young people who were at-risk for not completing high school but who had a mentor were 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. They were also:
-81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities
-78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities
-More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team
Mentoring—especially STEM/Tech mentoring—is at the core of what The Community Corps does. We want to inspire everyone, but especially underserved youth, women and veterans, to pursue education and careers in STEM/Tech.

“The Community Corps is addressing this issue by providing a fast and easy way for tech professionals to meet and engage with students, to explain tech careers, and to help kids realize that these careers are within their reach. "

– Mary Ellen Sullivan, Director of The Community Corps

Check out the following mentoring opportunities:

Technology Services Corps

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The Technology Service Corps division of NPower builds brighter futures for under-served young adults and veterans through free technology and professional skills training.

We need 40 volunteers to becoming mentors for under-served adults for 4 months. If you have past experience in any of the following areas, you would be a great fit: Mentoring; Sharing professional advice; Networking.

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Career Day at HSCT

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High School of Computer and Technology is inviting NYC Professionals to participate as guest speakers at their upcoming Career and Technical Education Celebration on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016.

The speakers will be assigned to classes where they will describe their own educational and career paths to inspire students to pursue further education and careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

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Technovation

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Technovation’s mission is to educate and inspire girls and women to solve real problems using technology through a global mobile app startup competition. They need professionals or postgraduates in the technology, engineering, business, marketing, or communications fields, both men & women, to serve as volunteer mentors for teams of young women across the globe.

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C/I

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C/I is a nonprofit that inspires the next generation of diverse tech leaders from underserved communities. Our year-round programs introduce students to the creative power of technology through the teaching of hard and soft skills.

We teach coding skills to 600 students in 20 schools, organize hackathons, and place students in paid summer coding internships. We are looking for coaches to mentor students in career readiness and developing programming skills.

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Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster

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Looking to make a big impact on a young person's life through sharing your passion for Science? This could be your chance!

Boys & Girls Club is currently seeking a volunteer to mentor students in an Oceanography program at the Boys & Girls Club in our new Gardner Club. Scheduling can be flexible, but typically Mentors run the program one hour, one or two days per week, throughout the school year.

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Looking for other volunteering opportunities? To search our database for the perfect one for you, go to The Community Corps.