College Mentor, Design to Better [Our City]

Design to Better [Our City] is a program that seeks to empower Black and Latinx youth to co-create solutions for healthy and racially equitable urban communities. Mentor the next generation of civic leaders whilst applying your experience with entrepreneurship, cultural history, civic engagement, and leadership.

Applications close August 14th, 11:59 p.m.

We’re looking for college students passionate about civic engagement to mentor participants of the program. College mentors will receive a program stipend to compensate for their services (half in the Fall and half in the Spring).

Time Commitment:

  • The program will take place twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) throughout the St. Louis region. Reliable transportation is needed. Each session is 2 hours long and mentors are expected to arrive half an hour before to prepare for each session and stay for a half an hour after the end of the session for a debrief (total weekly time commitment: 6 hours).
  • All mentors must be able to attend the Fall and Spring Staff Weekend trainings on August 18, 19 and 20 and the IMPTXDESIGN dinner. Mentors are strongly encouraged to attend additional community engagement opportunities throughout the program, as able.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Currently pursuing a degree program in at St. Louis College or University.
  • Must have held leadership positions in on-campus student groups, your local community, work setting, etc. (There’s an added bonus if you have direct experience in civic engagement, racial rights and equity, diversity and inclusion, design, or social justice).
  • Must be able to dedicate time to all program sessions and staff trainings. (See above for details.)
  • Passionate about advocating for racial equity and working with youth.
  • Demonstrable abilities in one of the four core areas: entrepreneurship, cultural history, creative problem solving/design, and civic engagement.

Program Benefits:

  • Build your resume or graduate school application.
  • Further develop leadership and creative problem solving skills that can be applied to professional career.
  • Mentor and develop 21st century workforce through team leadership, mentoring, youth engagement, facilitation, and creative problem solving.
  • Gain first-hand experience in nonprofit administration.
  • Network with community leaders and subject-area experts.
  • Receive a stipend to be compensated for your hard work.
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