All Star Code believes in giving each of our mentors the information, materials, and context they need to make a positive impact on our scholars. Here, you will find a comprehensive list of resources to integrate and incorporate into your mentorship practice, including some framework for mentorship with All Star Code and a FAQ section. As you explore what it means to be a mentor to you, if you feel like anything is missing from this resource, please let us know!
Here’s a short informational video to get you acquainted with All Star Code and our mentoring process.
Growth mindset (GM) is the theory that ASC uses to frame our approach to learning. An individual with a growth mindset believes that skills can be developed over time through continued effort, particularly when failure is viewed as inevitable and necessary to success. However, the context to which GM applies is not universal–some hardships cannot be overcome by sheer effort. When GM is being referred to, it should be understood as part of an academic space where failure is not catastrophic or permanently detrimental.
- Encourage mentees to “celebrate failure” both inside and outside the classroom.
- Share your personal experiences with failure: how you dealt with failure, what you learned from failure, and how you grew as a result of failure.
- Model growth mindset: when a mentee fails, choose words of encouragement and tenacity, rather than words of disappointment.
Conversations about Masculinity
This guide draws from conversations with young men of color from JP Morgan Chase’s The Fellowship Initiative. Through interviews, focus groups, and other exchanges, they share their perspectives on gender and masculinity. Integrating this conversation into your process is essential, as All Star Code recognizes that our Scholars and students’ development, social identities, and gender expressions work together to frame all aspects of their lives, including their time as your mentee. We encourage you to explore this resource and consider how it impacts your own understanding and practice of mentorship.
- Here’s the guide.
Program Timeline and Weekly Topics
Detailed weekly lesson plans will be posted and emailed to all mentors by July 1st. The deliverables are student deliverables, but should be done with the mentor.
Week 1: Introductions and Goal Setting
GOAL: Establish a connection between the student and the mentor.
- Students should create a working timeline for one of the following Scholar projects:
- A Personal Statement
- A Cover Letter
- Objective for Resume/LinkedIn
- College Application Short Answers
- Activity: Starter elevator pitch!
- Weekly Deliverable: Send Onsite Coordinator written starter pitch and Scholar project timeline.
Week 2: Networking
GOAL: Understand the concept and importance of networking.
- Students will review networking tips with mentors
- Activity: Follow-up email template
- Weekly Deliverable: Use follow-up template to send an email to Guest Speaker or site visit contacts. Students will CC onsite and BCC instructors on this email.
Week 3: Requesting Professional Recommendations
GOAL: Teach students reference/recommendation etiquette.
- Students will review the process of asking teachers/colleagues for recommendations and fostering a relationship with their references. This will go hand-in-hand with a Core Skill dedicated to college prep. Mentors should add their own personal methodology and examples for acquiring recommendations/references and continuing the relationship outside of “the ask.”
- Activity: Recommendation script and email template
- Weekly Deliverable: Students will share recommendation templates with Onsites
Week 4: Career Mapping
GOAL: Help students visualize their overall career objective.
- Students will learn about the concept of career mapping
- Activity: Professional journey flowchart
- Weekly Deliverable: Email entire instructional team career map
Week 5: Interview Preparation
GOAL: Equip students with the ability to extrapolate important information for professional or academic opportunities.
- Students will review job postings and most common college interview questions
- Activity: Interview practice for job and/or college interviews
- Weekly Deliverable: Send interview answers to Onsite Coordinator via email
Week 6: Deliverable Submission and Pitch Yourself!
GOAL: Reflect on student growth through Summer Intensive.
- Students must submit their overall deliverable to Onsite Coordinator
- Activity: Personal Pitch
- Weekly Deliverable: Students will submit their written pitch and Scholar project(s) to Onsite. These can also be used for organization publications (reports, newsletters, emails, etc.)
Because your student’s engagement with you as their mentor has a direct impact on their success in the All Star Code program, we will be relying on you to respond to two brief surveys (at the midpoint and conclusion of the program) that report on your meetings. Additionally, we have established the following guidelines to help make your mentoring relationship a success:
- Mentors are expected to meet the weekly commitment of one hour sessions every Tuesday.
- Mentors may not give students gifts or any form of financial assistance without the prior consent of All Star Code staff. You may give your student business-related gifts (such as books on professional development) that cost no more than $25.
- All Star Code does not permit cursing during training and program activities. Do not curse in front of your student or make coarse jokes, as this sends mixed messages about appropriate professional conduct.
- All Star Code works from an intersectional framework, which takes into account all dimensions of a student’s or mentor’s identity. Always show respect to all faiths, ethnicities, source of nationality, backgrounds, and sexual orientations.
- If you need to miss a mentor session or a one-on-one meeting, please let your student and All Star Code staff member know at least one day in advance and determine whether it will be possible to schedule a new meeting (or telephone call/Skype session) in order to satisfy the meeting requirement. Do not send someone in your place!
What is the Summer Intensive?
Our flagship program is an annual six-week, free Summer Intensive (SI) program for current sophomore and junior high school males (primarily Black and Latino) providing 210 hours of mobile front-end web development instruction, industry exposure, and mentorship in a tech startup context. It is hosted on site at major tech companies, turning these workplaces into classrooms. The program includes four site visits, four guest speakers, weekly mentorship. Curriculum highlights include creating a personal website, creating a LinkedIn profile, and building a final project in teams that they demo at the end of the summer.
In just six weeks, the Summer Intensive shows significant evidence of lasting positive impact on not only the factors pointing to success in persistence in computer science studies, but also confidence, direct motivation, resilience, and other psychological traits linked to overall success in school, entrepreneurship and the workplace.
How can I best support my mentee?
All Star Code students will be working for eight hours a day, five days a week on their curriculum. They will be working on their project, preparing for Demo Week, and taking inspiration and information from outside resources to best inform their progress. Their journey takes enormous focus, dedication, and discipline, and you are a vital part of it! You will be reviewing the coursework, providing authentic feedback and constructive criticism, and engaging your mentee in focused, one hour sessions.
All Star Code also equips students with job-hunting skills, from resume writing to interviewing and appropriate follow-up. You have the opportunity to be a great resource to your mentee in these areas! Besides working on the curriculum, students will be thinking about college, job readiness, and— if they are not currently employed—will access careers through All Star Code’s Alumni Job Board. While we cannot recommend that you hire your own mentee, we do encourage you to support his job search and provide job connections. Your help in expanding your mentee’s personal and professional networks will provide a strong foundation from which he can launch a successful job search. If you don’t have any connections that might help your mentee, you can work with them to improve their resume, practice interview skills, and create an efficient job search plan.
What about the personal components of mentoring?
Building a personal relationship, beyond business or career planning, is encouraged. Your life can be an example to your mentee – both your accomplishments and failures (we celebrate failure at All Star Code!). Sharing these stories with your mentee will teach him how to manage adversity and help you bond.
In addition to the videos you recommend, how do I learn more about the coursework that my mentee is doing?
You will be provided a schedule for the curriculum and the mentee can share their work.
If my student mentee and I have a strong connection, can I remain as his/her mentor for the duration of their involvement with All Star Code?
Although All Star Code cannot facilitate relationships beyond the six week course, we encourage our mentors to build strong relationships with our students. If there is a mutual desire to remain in the mentor/mentee relationships after the All Star Code program, mentors may continue in their role with their current student.
Can I ask friends and colleagues to help work on my student’s project?
Yes! Most likely, students are working with their group for this last project; many of these projects are portfolio grade and are more than capable of being real world applications. Thus, after the program, we encourage professionals to advise students on their project. Feel free to ask friends and colleagues to get involved in the development of your student’s work.
What if we don’t have a good personal connection?
Inform All Star Code staff. We are happy to reassign you. There are plenty of other students and we want you to enjoy your experience in the program. Mentor relationships cannot be successful if the connection is one-sided.
What if I have to go out of town for business travel and miss a face-to-face meeting?
Call or email your instructor in advance to let him/her know so that the classroom team and All Star Code can make alternative plans. You may also conduct your meeting by Skype or by telephone from the road. Please coordinate with your Instructional team. Please do not send a substitute in your place.
If you need any support as a mentor, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:
Program Associate, Pryanka Bawa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Programs, Nadine Friedman-Roberts at email@example.com.
Thanks again, and have fun!