Overview

Meet + Mentor matches middle school girls (ages 10-13) with caring adult women who support them in their efforts to develop the academic and life skills necessary to succeed in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) related career.

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Who

  • Middle school girls in grades 5-8 who are enthusiastic about STEM
  • Women working in STEM, across all disciplines and sectors, who are willing to act as coaches, mentors, and role models to young girls

What

  • Career-focused personal development workshops
  • Industry-specific connections through group mentorship and networking
  • Information about and connections to other Play Like a Girl participants and programs including makerspace workshops, corporate field trips and much more

Where

  • Virtual mentoring sessions and networking events take place on Zoom.
  • In-person mentoring and networking take place at partner schools in Nashville:
      • J.T. Moore Middle, 4425 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204
      • KIPP Nashville College Prep, 3410 Knight Drive, Nashville, TN  37207
      • Oliver Middle, 6211 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
      • Rose Park Middle, 1025 9th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
      • Stratford Middle, 1800 Stratford Ave, Nashville, TN 37216

When

  • Online (or in person when not socially distanced) once a week
  • 90 minutes each week for six weeks each semester

Why

  • Students and mentors gain access to an exclusive STEM network – plus a FREE 1-year Play Like a Girl membership

Cost

  • There are two registration options:
    1. Access to a single mentoring session is just $15.00 per session.
    2. Our All Access Plan is $150.00 and includes all 12 mentoring sessions, 2 mentee meetups (socials), a t-shirt, program materials, and sweet surprises each week! That’s a $30 saving.

Note: The All Access Plan is free of charge to girls at MNPS Partner Schools thanks to individual donations, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and brand partnerships that collectively cover the cost of the program for girls  in need.

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Mentees

Connect with professional women in STEM
Navigating the world of STEM can be challenging for young women – especially girls of color. Apply today to join our exclusive network of women in STEM—you’ll be mentored on everything from confidence to careers and more!

Meet + Mentor brings together diverse cohorts of middle school girls with professional women in STEM for mentorship over the course of six weeks. Weekly 90-minute mentoring sessions are complemented by makerspace workshops, corporate field trips and networking events.


In compliance with national COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, our 2020-21 programs will be held in a virtual/hybrid format. This program is open to a cohort of 150 girls anywhere in the United States by application only, at no cost to participants. Girls who complete the program are encouraged to return for mentoring as often as they would like. Each cohort convenes for just six weeks each academic semester.


Priority is given to girls enrolled in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools with limited financial resources and/or limited access to similar programming in their schools or communities.

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Mentor Role

Mentors may take on many roles, depending on your needs and interests including:

  • Enhancing your belief in your own potential
  • Listening carefully to your concerns
  • Advocating for your needs
  • Opening doors of opportunity
  • Having fun doing new activities together
  • Providing academic support
  • Modeling positive behavior

Key Dates

  • January 19, 2021 - Registration and Online Orientation Opens
  • February 16, 2021 - Mentee Application Due (5pm CDT)
  • February 23, 2021 - Mentee & Parent Orientation
  • March 2, 2021 - Meet the Mentor Kickoff
  • March 9, 2021 - Weekly Mentoring Sessions & Community Events begin
  • April 4, 2021 - Mentee Meetup
  • May 2, 2021 - Mentee Meetup
  • May 25, 2021 - Weekly Mentoring & Community Events end

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Program Quick Facts

Spring 2021: Cohort 2
02/18/21 – 5/25/21
Tuesday or Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. CT

Enrollment
150 girls per week

Tuition
$15.00 – Single Session
$150.00 – All Access Plan

Location

Partners

Apply today-it’s easy!

To get started, all you have to do is:

  1. Watch the online orientation.
  2. Click below to submit your application online.
  3. Wait for us to match you with your mentors and mentoring group!

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You are the future of STEM

Women in STEM are changing the world for the better, which is why we’re looking for passionate girls like you to learn from inspiring women professionals across all disciplines and sectors intersecting science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Even if you don’t know what your next steps are, our exclusive STEM network can help you achieve your goals.

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Mentors

Make a real difference from anywhere in the world by mentoring middle school girls who are passionate about STEM.

Find Your Fit

Co-Mentor a Group of Girls
Mentor a group of 5-7 middle school girls ages 10-13 for 90 minutes once a week for six weeks. During each session, you and a co-mentor will guide your mentees through discussions and activities related to that week’s topic.

Lead a Speed Mentoring/Networking Activity
Act as a “Networking Host,” providing mentees the chance to develop and practice their networking skills at community building events. During these optional bi-weekly events, mentees will explore a wide range of topics and careers by participating in speed mentoring and engaging in a variety of team-building activities led by a wide range of women leaders in STEM.

Facilitate a Mentoring Workshop
Facilitate a 15-minute mentoring workshop and share your knowledge with a full cohort of over 300 mentees and fellow mentors to close each weekly mentoring session.

Oversee the Mentoring Relationship
Monitor up to 5 mentoring circles in Zoom breakout rooms to ensure that mentees are safe and protected.

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Mentor Qualifications

Play Like a Girl mentors must be:

  • Women working in STEM or related fields across all disciplines and sectors.
  • Committed to building a career-focused relationship with a group of 5-7 mentees.
  • Able to act as a role model, source of inspiration and resource person.
  • Open-minded and willing to share and learn.
  • Willing to act as a volunteer under the supervision of Play Like a Girl.
  • Pass background and reference checks.

Key Dates

  • January 19, 2021 - Registration and Online Orientation Opens
  • January 27, 2021 - Mentor Application Due (5pm CDT)
  • February 16, 2021 - Mentor Training - Part 1
  • February 23, 2021 - Mentor Training - Part 2
  • February 28, 2021 - Mentor Meetup
  • March 2, 2021 - Meet the Mentor Kickoff
  • March 9, 2021 - Weekly Mentoring Sessions & Community Events begin
  • April 18, 2021 - Mentor Meetup
  • May 25, 2021 - Weekly Mentoring & Community Events end

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Contact


FAQs & Related Downloads


Program Quick Facts

Watch Our Online Orientation



To partner with us to bring diverse young women into the STEM pipeline, email us today at [email protected]!

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To partner with us to bring diverse young women into the STEM pipeline, email us today at [email protected]!

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