Information for Mentors
ACE Greater NY mentors are vital to accomplishing the program’s mission. With their diverse experiences and backgrounds, mentors have an enormous impact in shaping both students’ personal and career development. Mentors bring more to the program than just information about the concepts: they bring career guidance, industry knowledge, and the skills needed to succeed in the design and build industry.
ACE Greater NY teams are comprised of 15-30 high school students, ranging in grade level and background familiarity of the field. Teams are led by 7-10 mentors from different firms and industries. Each team must have representation of Architects, Civil/Structural Engineers, Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineers, and Construction Managers. Teams are led by a Team Leader, who develops a lesson plan for the season and works with mentors to create a supportive learning environment for students. ACE Teams meet from early November through June, meeting weekly for about an hour. ACE Greater NY operates alongside the New York City Department of Education school calendar.
Requirements of Becoming a Mentor
- Currently be working in the A-E-C industry (possible examples: architects, engineers (structural, civil, electrical, and/or mechanical), construction managers)
- Complete a criminal background check
- Support mentor team in implementing lesson plans to explain industry topics to high school students
- Engage students in virtual hands-on activities as part of the mentor team
- Work collaboratively with other mentors to demonstrate how the different industry disciplines interact on a project
- Advise students about decision making, college major choices, and career development
- Time commitment for entire season – ACE GNY Teams meet weekly. Sessions take place virtually after school
- Provide knowledge to students on what to expect in college and career
- Be willing to write letters of recommendations for college and/or scholarship applications
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The Mentor Experience
It was exactly 10 years ago, that I was a senior ACE Mentors student myself. Most of my mentors were female professionals, which is a small percentage in the construction industry’s demographics—particularly during the recession. Even with these statistics, my mentors inspired me to pursue the architectural profession. Apart from the mentorship and guidance I received, I was a recipient of ACE Mentorship Scholarship and the Gensler/ACE Internship/Scholarship.
With everything I have learned from at ACE, I mentor to contribute to developing and encouraging future construction professionals This year, my students from Team 2 continuously showed me novel design ideas while curiously questioning the profession in every aspect. From the playful design charrettes with jenga blocks to the piles of trace paper covered with floor plans, these students amazed me with their unyielding zeal to pursue a profession in the construction industry.
I plan to continue my growth in this field, as I am currently en route to pursue my master’s in design studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the Fall of 2019.- Stephanie Yeung, Architect