Become a Project Mentor or Assistant Project Mentor!


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Project Mentors support our Scholars as they learn to lead and serve through STEM.

As individuals and as a group, GLP Scholars are committed to giving back and to improving the lives of others. As part of the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program’s Summer Session, Scholars collaborate in teams to develop and propose a Community Innovation Project of their own design to be implemented in their communities over the next year (July 2015-June 2016).

Each year, the GLP recruits a talented and dedicated cadre of Project Mentors—adult professionals and undergraduate students who volunteer individually or in pairs to advise a small group of GLP Scholars as they develop their Innovation Project. We welcome young, mid-career, and seasoned professionals alike.

What are Community Innovation Projects?

Community Innovation Projects are student-driven projects that allow Scholars to address a real-world issue in their community that they are passionate about. This unique experience empowers our Scholars to become agents of change and develop as leaders. Past Innovation Project topics include reducing the high school dropout rate, raising awareness of cyber bullying, and increasing access to the STEM fields for racial/ethnic minorities and women.

Summaries of and video presentations about Innovation Projects, formerly referred to as Leadership Grant Projects, completed in 2013-14 are online here.

What are the Project Mentor expectations?
  • Mentor and advise a team of 6-8 Scholars as they identify objectives, create a budget and project plan, find outside resources, and implement solutions
  • Lead Project Mentors commit an average of 10 hours per month (July 2015-June 2016)
  • Assistant Project Mentors commit an average of 5 hours per month
  • Attend monthly workshops at Illinois Tech (click here to view the Mentor Calendar)
  • Communicate and meet independently with the group as needed
  • Update program staff with group progress and challenges
  • Draw upon their own experiences to foster and inspire GLP Scholars’ academic and social growth
  • Serve as a positive role model
What are the benefits to becoming a GLP Project Mentor?
  • Help teens develop as leaders
  • Make a positive impact in Chicago communities
  • Receive professional development, training, and mentorship orientation
  • Connect with and receive support from mentors from across the city
  • Have fun and learn from Scholars, fellow mentors, and program staff!

The mentor application for the 2015-2016 academic year is now closed. The application will reopen in March 2016.

Questions about becoming a GLP Project Mentor can be directed to Charlie Lindquist, Program Coordinator, at | 312.350.5591

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Thank you to our 2014-2015 Project Mentors

For complete volunteering opportunities, see our Get Involved! page.