How It Works
Girls in grades 6-12 across Alberta are invited to join Cybermentor at any time. There is no cost to participate, and all that is needed is access to a computer once a week during the school year, and the willingness to communicate regularly with an online mentor. Participants may already have an interest in science and math, or they may be unsure of their future career path and want to know what’s out there.
Cybermentor follows the school year. Between September and March, participants with an active account will be matched with their own mentor as soon as a suitable match becomes available. Between April and August, new participants can look forward to being matched in the coming fall. Remember that a signed Parental Consent Form must be received by the program office before a girl can begin participating! Click here to learn how to become a participant.
Once matched, participants and mentors will log into their account weekly, and write messages to one another via the secure online messaging centre. All information is exchanged behind a password-protected site. Mentors are carefully screened before they are accepted into the program.
Many tips, resources, and training materials are provided to facilitate conversations, and help matches get the most out of their mentoring relationship. With the guidance of their mentor, girls will uncover the breadth and depth of science and engineering careers, discover new interests, and be inspired by an amazing role model.
In June, as the mentoring relationships wind up for the season, participants and their families are invited to an annual year-end celebration. Some girls will get to meet their mentors in person at this fun event!
Girls will receive a new mentor match each year that they are in the program. This provides participants with a range of perspectives, and the chance to learn about a different mentor’s experiences as a woman in science and engineering.
Upon completion of grade 12, girls can stay connected as a Cybermentor alumna (graduate of the program), and will have access to the online community, discussion forums and other resources that are offered. Many alumna of the program go on to become mentors themselves!