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Expressing interest in becoming a mentor

It's easy.  First, express interest by "registering" with the Capital Area United Way's Volunteer Center.  

  1. Click here to register:  Volunteerbatonrouge.force.com/stemup.    
  2. Click on the "Register with us" link.  
  3. After receiving a login, you can either form a team or join a team.  
Either way, we will follow up with you on next steps.  Currently we have 12 classes that have requested mentoring from late January through May.  We plan to form teams in December and host multiple training sessions first weeks of January.

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Icebreakers

Sample:

Silent Identification

  • Each participant is asked to write words or draw pictures that describe themselves. This is done silently. They pin the picture on their chests, walk around and have everyone look each other over. Pictures are then shuffled and participants are asked to identify the person to whom the picture belongs.

 

 

Name Game

  • Sit in a circle. One person starts by using an adjective starting with the same letter as his or her first name, followed by the first name (e.g., Clever Claire, Kind Karen). The next person has to repeat the first person's adjective and name and then add his or her own. It goes around the circle and the last person has to repeat all the other names in order and end with his or her own.

 

 

Human Knot

  • Have a group of 10-15 stand very close together. Tell them to reach out their arms so all hands are jumbled and intertwined. Tell them to grab one hand for each of their hands, but not the hand of the person next to them. Now they are a human knot and must use teamwork to untangle themselves into one circle without letting go of their hands.

 

 

Toilet Tissue

  • Tell participants to take a length of tissue. Only after all have taken some, tell them for each panel of tissue they have to say one positive thing about themselves. (You could vary what they have to do or say for each tissue square, tailored to your objective. In another variation, use M&M's – for each color they have to say one thing. For example, if the color is yellow, they must say something sunny about themselves; if it’s red, they must share an embarrassing moment, and so forth.)

Video of the Week

A year in review!  Eleven classes and over 100 volunteers!

Model Lesson:  Team IBM @ Capital Middle

US2020 - The National STEM Education Challenge and Role of Mentors

Establishing Real World Connections with Projects  

Students are more engaged when learning relates directly to the world they live in. This video from Edutopia reinforces the need for community involvement in projects to add relevance.