See them through
Small commitment, big impact.
TAME offers a support system that matches first-year college students with coaches, or Mentors, from TAME’s network of STEM professionals.
TAME Mentorships help our students have the support they need to succeed during their crucial first year in college. We’ve found that the most successful mentorships center on the human experience of entering college and all the complex feelings that it brings.
Most Mentees are first-generation college-bound students or economically disadvantaged students who may not have support systems that have experience with higher education. Many times, Mentees simply need encouragement or information about how to navigate college, classes, finals, financial aid, and more. Mentors and Mentees will decide together what works best for their mentorship.
TAME uses information each Mentor or Mentee provides to make what we feel are the best matches for the mentorships.
Being a Mentor or Mentee is not a huge time commitment.
- The commitment to participate is for only 4 months.
- The Mentor and Mentee will set up meetings to talk once every 2 weeks (or more often if preferred).
- The meetings do not need to be any longer than 15-20 minutes (but may be longer if preferred).
- There are several ways to connect. The Mentor & Mentee will decide which method to use. Possible modes of communication are: phone calls, texts, emails, Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Discord, Slack, or WhatsApp.
Why be a TAME Mentee?
It is a pleasure to take part in this program and know someone else has walked the road before you. She (my Mentor) was able to ease my nerves going into finals, as well as letting me know not maintaining a perfect 4.0 doesn’t make you a bad student.
Trista G., TAME Mentee
Mentorships are intended to help you gain confidence, and provide you with someone you trust who you can ask for advice about college life, classes, or careers. The first year of college can sometimes feel overwhelming with all of the new experiences. Mentors from STEM fields have successfully navigated the bumps in the road—and want to help you do the same.
I would like to share how supportive and caring that my mentor was for me in certain situations such as always congratulating me and giving me advice to go and get a study mentor, which were huge pieces of advice that helped me pass my classes.
Samuel A., TAME Mentee
Why be a TAME Mentor?
It was good to reconnect to someone making big life choices through college and provide advice. I tried to guide his thinking and help him understand the long term picture.
– Tyler D., TAME Mentor
By being a Mentor, you will be an unbelievably valuable asset to a deserving student who could benefit from your experience. Investing in a TAME student is a great way to give back to those who want to follow in your footsteps.
Ways TAME Mentors are supported during their mentorships:
- Monthly ideas for conversation starters and themes for discussions
- Mentorship training videos
- TAME Mentor program staff to answer questions
TAME is looking for professionals who are willing to be a Mentor to one of our deserving college students. Sign up now, or share this link with co-workers or other STEM professionals you think might be interested in mentoring a college student.
Beginning the mentorship, I was hesitant in looking at Graduate level programs. As a result of this mentorship, I am now looking into completing a doctorate degree in material science/engineering.
– Oscar M., TAME Mentee