If you're a returning mentor, welcome back!
We're glad you are once again taking on the challenge and introducing students to how cities work, while strengthening their STEM skill sets. We look forward to working with you again.
If you're a new mentor, we're glad you've decided to join the team!
Future City is a fun and challenging inititative with proven results. We know it may seem daunting, and there is a learning curve, but we know it will become easier once you break down the instructions.
Both Regional and National provide support in the form of workshops, handbooks, webinars and learning blocks specially designed to make integrating Future City into the classroom easier. We also have an online course "Be Mentor" provided by our national sponsor Bentley Systems to assist you. You'll also be working in partnership with an experienced educator who knows these students.
Remember, you have an opportunity to introduce students to city planning, design and differernt types of engineering. You will also strengthen their skill sets in writing, public speaking, teamwork, time management, problem solving and computer skills. Most importantly, they'll have fun as they stretch thier imaginations. We think you'll have fun too.
So lets get started!
Please register on-line in our national database, click on the link below and follow the instructions for Mentors.
After you register as a Mentor you should download a copy of the Program Handbook. This handy guide should provide you with all the information you need to get started and see your students through to the Regional Competition. The FCSC will also mail a hard copy to your Educator. For the on-line downloadable copy of the 2015-16 Program Handbook click on the link below.
Our national sponsor Bentley has developed an on-line mentoring tool designed to help you become a better mentor. The service is free, all you have to do is register on-line and get started. It includes
- Regularly scheduled "LIVE" BeMentor meetings
- Guest speakers will include: Industry experts, Future City Alumni, winning team mentors, mentor leaders, academic professionals
- On-going "Virtual Collaboration" & a "Best Practices Environment"
- Mentors will connect with Regional Coordinators through forum exchanges and Q/A sessions
- Digital Classroom Presentation Kits will be provided to new members
- Virtual mentor training will be provided
You can join Be Mentor by clicking on the link below:
The FCSC also conducts workshops for Educators and Mentors. Check out our Workshop page for days and times. We also videotape these workshops and will post them on-line if you cannot attend them in person.
Crisp Learning: Mentoring: How to develop successful mentor behaviors. 3rd Edit. Gordon F. Shea
This easy to use manual for mentors is available from online booksellers.
Additional Online Resources
There are also several on-line resources for mentoring. We've pulled some of the more noted ones below, if you are so inclined.
Education Northwest - National Mentoring Resource Collections
The National Mentoring Center is a premier training and technical assistance provider for youth mentoring programs. Registration is free and takes only two minutes. The NMC has developed a comprehensive set of program development materials and curricula that are available online at:
Training resources include;
- Talking it Through: Communication Skills for Mentors- An interactive website built to enhance ongoing
mentor training, presents 13 video stories with real mentors, real youth, and real
situations that illustrate common challenges and proven strategies. A built-in journaling
feature keeps new and more experienced mentors engaged as they test what they would
do in similar situations. This course is offered at no charge.
- Building Relationships: A Guide for New Mentors- This resource is a great mentor training supplement, providing
mentors with ten simple tips for effective relationship development. The guide is
filled with real quotes from mentors and youth about the value of mentor traits such
as active listening, being positive, and giving youth a role in selecting activities.
Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
The mission of the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) is to lead the state in building and sustaining quality mentoring for every child. MPM’s Tools for Mentoring Adolescents were developed in collaboration with the Search Institute to support and strengthen relationships between mentors and mentees. They provide free downloadable tools based on needs identified by mentoring professionals. Their website can be found at the link below;
MPM provides 10 free downloadable tools including the following;
- Mentoring Adolescents: Training needs 2
- Marking the Most of Mentoring an Adolescent
- Aren’t Mentors for Little Kids
- Building Trust Attachment with Your Mentee
- Let’s Get Real: Positive Communication
- Setting Mentoring Boundaries
- Influence of Culture on Mentoring Relationships
- Developmental Characteristics of 12-14 Year Olds
- Developmental Characteristics of 15-18 Year Olds
- Activity: What Hot What’s Not
The Search Institute has resources for mentoring and tutoring including a series of downloadable mentoring tools exceRpted from Mentoring for Meaningful Results which include;
- What is My Role as a Mentor?
- My Mentor’s Role in my Life
- Setting and Reaching Goals
- Supporting Your Child’s Relationship with a Mentor
Their website can be found here.