Find a Mentor–Be a Mentee
A Note from the Founder
I became interested in programming as a teenager. When I tried to enroll in a programming class, the instructor advised me not to, predicting that I would not be comfortable with the geeky boys already signed up. So, I didn’t take the class.
When I later went to college, I tried again. I was very lucky to have an instructor who noticed me and encouraged me to consider programming as a career. That instructor became my undergraduate mentor and helped me make key decisions that led me to be the successful programmer I am today.
I love programming, and I’m grateful for the mentors who helped me along the way. That is why I started CME3–to help others receive the kind of encouragement that made such a difference for me.
Who can be a Mentee
If you are a girl or woman interested in programming who is looking for advice, help, or support, you qualify as a mentee. We encourage you to apply to get a mentor and to join the forums (if you are 18 or older) if you are any of the following:
- A high school student considering your options after graduation
- A college student in a programming or science curriculum
- A college student who is undecided about your major or is considering adding coding skills
- A woman who wants to change careers
- Someone who wants to learn coding for your business or hobby
- A professional coder looking for support in any aspect of their career
As you make your journey through programming, you can serve as both a mentor and mentee. In this program, mentees are strongly encouraged to give back to the community by becoming a mentor for other girls and women in programming.
What is involved?
Step 1: Apply for a mentor
To work with a mentor on a one-on-one basis, please register as a mentee and we will match you up with someone from our pool of advisors. After the two of you touch base, the two of you can decide if you are a good match.
Step 2: Agree on meeting arrangements
Your advisor will be available to you for one-on-one assistance via email, phone, or video chat. For mentors and mentees in the San Diego area, you can also set up in-person meetings. Frequency is up to you.
How your mentor helps you depends on what you need, such as:
- A specific coding issue that is blocking you
- Ways to find training
- Advice on interview or resume writing
- How to deal with a particular situation at school or at work
Step 3: Forum Participation
If you are 18 or older, mentees can join our forum and ask questions there, in addition to or instead of working with a mentor. With the forum, you have access to a larger community.