Mentoring is a vital part of the NIU-EEP program. Connecting mentors with middle school and high school girls via email enables young girls who are shy to express themselves and gives them the confidence to speak up at camps and Saturday workshops.
Cadettes are grouped into teams with SWE student members, and each team has a Senior Girl Scout as a counselor or mentor. The SWE student members, who are NIU students, facilitate group discussions, lead team-building activities and mentor Senior Girl Scouts and Cadettes.
All registered participants of the NIU-EEP program (middle schoolers, high schoolers, SWE undergraduate mentors and CEET women faculty) and newly registered volunteer mentors are eligible to participate.
The NIU-EEP program is introducing an electronic mentoring system designed to connect the various school age girls associated with the Girl Scouts with the NIU female engineering undergraduates, women faculty and various other women engineering role models.
In today’s busy world, face-to-face meetings are not always possible. Through e-mentoring, middle school students will have the opportunity to be mentored by their immediate seniors - high schoolers, the engineering female undergraduates who are members of the Society of Women Engineers and College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at NIU and various other professional women engineers by way of online discussion forums, frequent emails during the school year.
The broader impact of this outreach project is that it enhances STEM education, especially through mentoring under female role models in an effort to raise the awareness in the field of engineering. It also enables the participants, the Girl Scouts organizations and parents to become ambassadors of the STEM education and its importance, to the sustainability of the U.S. as a world leader.
The SWE undergraduate students would gain valuable understanding of diverse student needs, classroom cultures, teaching and learning, drawing them to pursue careers in education. Girl Scout Councils would gain confidence in the educational system and enthusiasm for ways in which engineering partnerships could benefit them.
For Non NIU-EEP Mentor Volunteers, in order to register:
- Fill out a Mentor Profile, which asks for information on educational and professional backgrounds, hobbies, comfort in discussing common mentoring topics such as school decisions, academic career knowledge etc. and available times of day/week.
- You will receive an email once you have been accepted as a mentor. You can then log in to the E-forum.
- Volunteer mentors may hide their profile at any time if they do not wish to be available to be chosen. They may also edit their profiles at any time.
Email email@example.com for more information.