Mentor Roles

There are three ways you can participate in a Design4Kids workshop:

  • Journey with us as a Globetrotting Mentor
  • Join us online as a Virtual Mentor
  • Join the mid-project critique as an Online Reviewer

Globetrotting Mentor

Stu leads a group of students and mentors during the second Design4Kids workshop June 2009.

Rewards – Globetrotting Mentor

If you love to travel, crave making a difference, and have the necessary professional skills, participating as a Globetrotting Mentor might be just your ticket for a rewarding week away from the office or studio.  You’ll work directly with exceptional youth from very poor neighborhoods. Just your presence and attention to their progress makes a profound impact on their self confidence and growth.

Each workshop is divided into class time, and project time. Mentors are needed for both. The level of participation is up to you, but most mentors find they get more out of the experience by teaching one or two short classes based on skills gained in professional life.  Since each participant brings a different skill set, classes offer learning for both students and fellow mentors.

More than just helping these talented kids, you’ll be contributing to their community through the work they do for their client organization. Past workshops have produced brochures, logos, and posters for organizations as diverse as libraries, sustainable agricultural cooperatives, and  hospitals.

Requirements – Globetrotting Mentor

  • The sincere desire to help kids succeed
  • The means and eagerness to travel abroad and be away from home for one week
  • Professional experience (freelance, firm/agency, in-house) in one of the fields below:
    • Design; graphic design, creative direction, design direction, design management, project management, other design firm professionals
    • Illustration; digital, traditional, 3D
    • Commercial Photography;
    • Commercial Printing; traditional and digital prepress, print engineering, press operations
    • Art Print making; screen printing, block printing, other portable low tech print making techniques
    • Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations; creative direction, accounts, research, principal
  • It’s not necessary to speak Spanish as we have translators in each class. Of course, if you do have some Spanish, it helps you connect with the kids.

Find details and application instructions for the next scheduled workshops here:

Virtual Mentor

Rewards – Virtual Mentor

Working from the convenience of your personal computer, you will spend a couple hours a day, connecting with students teaching lessons, and following their progress during a workshop. As a mentor you will give encouragement and constructive criticism to talented young people and gain the good feeling of knowing you had an impact on their development.

Requirements – Virtual Mentor

  • The ability to speak Spanish well
  • The sincere desire to help kids succeed
  • Access to the internet, willingness to commit to two hours per day during a workshop to connect with class from your computer.
  • Professional experience (freelance, firm/agency, in-house) in one of the fields below:
    • Design; graphic design, creative direction, design direction, design management, project management, other design firm professionals
    • Illustration; digital, traditional, 3D
    • Commercial Photography;
    • Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations; creative direction, accounts, research, principal
    • Social Media

Find details and application instructions for the next scheduled workshops here:

Online Reviewer

Poster design by Fotokids student, Ana Pax, during a Design4Kids workshop.

Rewards – Online Reviewer

Halfway through each Design4Kids workshop students complete a first draft of their designs, and we conduct a critique by professional designers. It’s a great way for you to experience first-hand the raw talent these kids possess, and contribute to their  growth and understanding of what good design is. We will post work on our web site, and you will have 24 hours to review the work and leave your constructive criticism.

Requirements

  • The sincere desire to help kids succeed
  • Access to the internet and the willingness to spend about an hour within a given 24 hour window
  • Professional experience (freelance, firm/agency, in-house) in one of the fields below:
    • Design; graphic design, creative/design direction, design management, project management, other design firm professional
    • Illustration; digital, traditional, 3D
    • Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations; creative direction, accounts, research, principal

To apply for any one of our mentor roles, email us at apply@design4kids.org and tell us how you want to participate, why, and what you have to offer our students.

Click here to learn about our next workshop:

2 Responses

  1. Hello! I learned about your organization through Fotokids, and am interested in a future role as a “Globetrotting Mentor.” I spent 30 years in marketing communications as a writer, creative director, account manager and the last 16 years as an owner of an agency. I have taken photography and art classes in Guatemala and travel there frequently to buy for my import store in Michigan. Though I cannot go on your two trips currently scheduled, my store is closed Jan-May, so perhaps there will be an opportunity in that time frame. Thank you and best wishes for success and safety in all you do. Greta Bolger

  2. Hi Greta, thanks for the comment. You sound like the ideal candidate for a Design4Kids workshop. We plan our workshops around the kid’s school calendar, doing two Guatemala workshops a year, one in June, and one in November.

    This January’s Honduras workshop is the only date we currently have planned during the Jan – May time frame next year. But it’s possible that we will do Honduras during the same time frame in future years.

    All the best,
    Jeff Speigner

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