PUENTE Project

Mentoring Program

We invite STEM professionals to be a part of this great endeavor as mentors to our STEM students. For the 2012-2013 school year, we are piloting this STEM Mentoring Program and modeling it on a successful program that already exists. Below are some key points of the mentoring program:

  • Puente ProjectThree-prong approach: English classes with Mexican American Cultural emphasis, a personal development class, and mentoring.
  • Role of mentor: Expose student to community and cultural environments, support the student’s academic career, and help spur personal growth.
  • How to become a mentor
    1. Complete an application.
    2. Attend a training where guidelines, roles, and responsibilities will be outlined and reviewed.
    3. A minimum of 9 hours per semester is asked of the mentor. This time could include attending Lee College events with student(s), field trips, meeting for coffee, phone calls, etc.

If a one-on-one mentor relationship is too much for the individual but he/she still is interested in mentoring, we will have other opportunities — such as career panels, high-school speaking engagements, and other STEM events — for which such people could volunteer. Even in those instances, an application will be required, so all relevant information will be in our database.