Mentors are devoted to students' growth as young coders.

Volunteer mentors are the heart of Bold Idea’s coding education programs. Our students depend on their mentors for encouragement and coaching as they develop their projects. Rather than give answers, mentors challenge students to work together as a team and solve problems on their own, including bugs in their program, tough coding concepts and what step to take next.

fall 2017 mentors needed

We are looking for mentors whose interests and backgrounds are as diverse as our students. A successful mentor is someone who is willing to build a strong relationship with a student team and is invested in their development and achievement. Here are a few of our other requirements:

  • Flexibility and openness to new ideas
  • A sense of humor
  • Empathy to the learning process
  • Ability to communicate with others
  • Enjoys being around young students
  • Patience
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Punctual and reliable

What does a mentor do?

Our goal is to match four mentors to every team of eight students. You'll sit down alongside your team during weekly coding sessions at one of our Dallas area locations. Along with other mentors, you'll guide students through the learning process, track their progress and support them during hands-on coding projects, like creating websites and mobile apps.

Mentors also have access to training and online resources to help them feel confident in their volunteer role and with our coding platforms.

> Access our training schedule and team Wiki

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Support computer science education in dallas

Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. With our community's technology leadership and high-tech workforce, we have a unique opportunity to support Dallas students with technology and 21st century skill development.

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improve your programming skills — or get started

Learning goes both ways at Bold Idea. Ever explained something to a 5th grader? By sharing their knowledge, mentors become better programmers and continue to improve their own skills. Volunteers new to coding learn the basics right alongside students.

Why our mentors give their time

"I really enjoyed connecting with the kids. Some of them would get incredibly excited about sharing a particular aspect of something they built and I was reminded of how excited I used to get about engineering and why I chose this field."

"It was fun learning a little bit of coding along the way but I think that I enjoyed seeing the girls excited about and engaged with the activities. It's great to see girls excited about technology and problem solving!"

"I was able to convey my experiences working with programming to provide further incentive to kids in their pursuit of learning this skill."

"I loved seeing the girls get excited about what they could create with the programming techniques we were teaching them. We essentially put the power in their hands to exercise both critical thinking and creativity. I loved teaching young girls that computer programming is something that they are 100% capable [of] doing."