Mentors - Design to Better [Our Community] Summer Academy

Design to Better [Our Community] Summer Academy is a six-week program that seeks to empower Black and Latinx high school youth to co-create solutions for healthy and racially equitable urban communities.

We’re looking for people passionate about civic engagement to serve as Mentors for the Summer Academy. Mentors will support the Program Lead in facilitating sessions and working with the cohort of 25-30 high school students enrolled in the program.

Mentors will receive a program stipend to compensate for their services.

Mentor Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Program Lead in implementing program curriculum.

  • Create and support a positive, welcoming environment for youth participants on a daily basis.

  • Support the implementation of program evaluation plan.

  • Support with Creative Reaction Lab’s marketing and communications strategy.

  • Support program needs as defined by the Program Lead and/or Youth Program Manager.

  • Ensure compliance with insurance, legal, health, and safety obligations.

  • Proactively handle any arising issues and troubleshoot any emerging problems before, during, and after learning and education programs and services.

  • Report any issues or emergencies to Program Lead immediately.

Time Commitment:

  • The program will take place as follows:

    • Monday, June 11 - Thursday, July 19

    • The youth program will take place Monday - Thursday and is tentatively set from 10 AM - 3 PM each day.

  • Mentors are expected to be in attendance from 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM each day, with 30 minutes before and after each session for program preparation.
  • Mentors are also required to complete the following

    • Mentor + Program Lead training: TBD

    • Autodesk online training: April - May 2018

    • Mentor and Program Lead Orientation: June 4, 2018

  • Mentors are strongly encouraged to attend additional community engagement opportunities throughout the program, as able.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Must be 26 years of age or under. 

  • Must have held leadership positions in groups, your local community, work setting, etc. (Bonus if you have direct experience in civic engagement, racial rights and equity, diversity and inclusion, design, or social justice).

  • Must demonstrate professionalism, exceptional communication skills, and exceptional collaboration skills.

  • Must be able to dedicate time to all program sessions and trainings. (See above for details.)

  • Must be passionate about advocating for racial equity and working with youth.

  • Must be able to develop healthy, positive relationships with young people. Experience with mentoring young people preferred.

  • Must demonstrable abilities in one of the four core areas: entrepreneurship, cultural history, creative problem solving/design, and civic engagement.

  • Reliable transportation is needed.

  • Must complete and pass a background check upon hire.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.

Click here for a copy of the application. However, note, that all applications must be submitted online at

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Erika Harano, Associate Manager of Learning and Education, at