“Each of us has a birthright to be all that we can be. Mentors are those special people in our lives who, through their deeds and work, help us move toward fulfilling that potential.”

Shea, G. F. (1997). Mentoring (Rev. Ed.).
Menlo Park, C. A.: Crisp Publications

Be a Mentor

A key component of our support structure is pairing every scholar with a mentor who understands the challenges faced in the workforce in general and in the high tech industry specifically.

While helping guide aspiring “high potential, low opportunity” individuals participating in the Springboard training program, serving as a mentor is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in this world, by being the critical influence in a young person’s life.


Mentor Role

  • Is the key motivator in the Springboard program
  • Serves as a role model demonstrating that success is within the student’s grasp
  • Infuses a positive, can-do attitude
  • Instills the value of hard work, focus and determination
  • Builds self-confidence
  • Provides guidance and constructive feedback
  • Serves as a sounding board and go-to person
  • Helps guide student over bumps in the road
  • Helps student set and meet ongoing personal and professional goals
  • Motivates by setting a good example

Mentor Requirements

  • Experienced high-tech professional, with a minimum of 3 years in the workforce
  • Willing to commit to at least a 1-year mentoring relationship, and approximately 4 hours a month by phone, texts and in-person meetings
  • Willingness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise
  • Has good communication skills

Mentor Qualities

  • Compassionate, knowledgeable with the attributes of a good teacher or trainer
  • Takes a personal interest in the mentoring relationship
  • Willingness to share professional knowledge, skills and expertise in the field
  • Available to answer any questions relevant to the job or academic studies
  • Exhibits the personal attributes it takes to be successful in the field
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and acts as a positive role model
  • Exhibits enthusiasm in the profession and shows an appreciation for ongoing personal growth and professional development
  • Committed to helping their mentees find success and gratification in their chosen profession

Mentor Rewards

  • Enhances the leadership, teaching and coaching skills of mentors and helps them become more reflective practitioners
  • Creates a sense of pride from observing the student develop
  • Provides opportunity to improve interpersonal communication, motivation, coaching, counseling and leadership skills
  • Offers opportunity to impart valuable information, expertise and wisdom

Apply to be a Mentor

Background checks required.

Sponsoring Companies

The two charter employers are Ellie Mae, a successful high tech mortgage software company in the San Francisco Bay area, and Visa, the global payments technology company. Both leading brands recognize the need to address recruitment and development long term with a comprehensive training program designed to meet their specific talent needs. And both Ellie Mae and Visa recognize the opportunity to address the needs of underserved, but talented youth across the United States.

The Springboard model is unique because it is industry and employer‐driven. Participating employers are involved in designing the curriculum, selecting participating students, and monitoring students’ progress.


Employers Benefits

  • Training geared precisely to employer specifications
  • Increased productivity and knowledge transfer resulting from tailor-made curriculum and structured on‐the‐job learning
  • Enhanced retention and reduced turnover
  • A stable pipeline of new skilled workers
  • A more diversified and flexible workforce
  • Recognition as a supporter of state and national efforts to equip and train under-served young people of color in skills necessary to become contributing members of society and their communities

Become a Sponsoring Company