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Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Mentor Volunteer

YWCA Cambridge is a non-profit organization working with and for women, girls and their families and a member of a world-wide network of female leaders. We work with and for women and from a woman’s perspective. We believe that strong girls make strong women. We believe this strength can foster a community that is capable of change, specifically around the systemic challenges that keep women underpaid and under-represented.

YWCA Cambridge facilitates the only girl-led STEM-based program for girls in the country! The approach at the YWCA Girls’ Centre is based on three main principles; all of our girls programs are:

  •        girl-led,
  •        girl-focused
  •        strength-based

Why girls only programming?

The STEM Mentoring Program is for girls 9-13 years old, and all mentors will be self-identifying women, with a career or education in, or currently in school for Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. We know that when girls are given opportunities, access to resources and support they are better positioned to become agents of change in their own lives and in their broader community. Girls' Programming at YWCA Cambridge is informed by various best-practices, including gender-specific education and spaces, utilizing a girl-led, strengths-based approach, and taking into consideration the unique experiences of each participant.

The goal of girl-led, girl-focused and strengths-based STEM programming is to enhance the experiences of girls, support their personal growth and development, and foster the continued participation of girls in STEM related fields. The STEM Mentoring Program, funded by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, empowers girls to achieve their goals with the support of strong female role models and their peers. The more STEM role models and Mentors girls and young women have access to, the more they will be able to envision careers in these fields.

Responsibilities of Mentors:
  • Participate in initial and on-going training sessions.
  • Contribute two hours bi-weekly to group mentoring activities and occasional special events or field-trips. 
  • Commit for the duration of the program. 
  • Facilitate conversations, team-building and trust-enhancing group activities.
  • Facilitate goal setting and follow-up with Mentees.
  • Work with Mentees to research and plan relevant, innovative, engaging activities that are rooted in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
  • Be a positive role model for Mentees.
  • Work with Mentorship Coordinator in providing quality programming.

Successful candidates will have:
  • A career or education in, or currently in school for Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.
  • Experience and skill in group facilitation.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Experience with children, in either a professional or personal context.
  • Excellent conflict resolution skills and the ability to assist the group in moving forward following conflict.
  • Capacity to work within consensus based decision making models.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with both children and adults.
  • Model behaviour for Mentees, including consistency, active listening and compassion for youth. 

Benefits of Being a Mentor:
  • Personal fulfillment through contribution to community.
  • Satisfaction in supporting girls as they mature, progress and achieve goals.
  • Training on Mentoring, including many transferrable skills.
  • Contributing to the on-going development of women in STEM leadership.
  • Ongoing support and supervision to help the match succeed.
  • Develop your personal leadership skills and make a difference!

This is a part-time volunteer position that will run from September 2015 to July 2016. Program runs every other week. Please contact Tara to discuss limitations or concerns regarding time commitment!

Interested candidates should complete an application form and include a current resume, to be dropped off in person to YWCA Cambridge, 55 Dickson Street, Cambridge, or via fax at (519) 267-6440. Application is also available online at: www.ywcacambridge.ca/mentoring

I look forward to hearing from you!

Tara Kleinsteuber, STEM Mentoring Program Coordinator, YWCA Cambridge
55 Dickson Street
Cambridge, ON   N1R 7A5
Phone: (519) 267-6444, ext. 225

Fax: (519) 267-6440

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