More info for adult mentors

Mentors are an essential part of Pioneers. The programme is designed to be led by young people, but you can play a really important role by encouraging them to get involved, particularly those who are new to computing and digital making, and helping them organise themselves to make something awesome.

Who can be a mentor?

We welcome mentors from all walks of life. You could be a teacher or already volunteer at a CoderDojo, Raspberry Jam, or other technology or STEM club. You could be a parent or sibling who wants to help out young people that you know. We’ll be publishing guidance for mentors and offering support to help you do a great job.

There’s just a few things we need to check:

  • You are 18 or over and resident in the UK.
  • You commit to mentoring the team(s) for the duration of the challenge (eleven weeks).
  • You have time to prepare for each session you spend mentoring the teams.
  • You are confident with computers. You don’t have to be a digital making genius, but you need to be willing to learn and help the teams find the answers they need.

For the time being, we just need you to give us your email address so that we can let you know about the first theme in January 2017.

What’s next

Once we’ve announced the theme of the first competition in January 2017:

  • If you have a group of more than four young people, help them organise into teams.
  • Help guide their activities in each session. Use the design process and the forthcoming suggested timing plan to help you.
  • Act as the main point of contact for the group. This includes handing out the team starter kit when it arrives at your given address. We’ll need your contact information as part of the team registration process.
  • We’ll also contact you about key dates and other important information. We ask you to take responsibility for making sure your team is aware of the key information that we share. Where team members have given us their email addresses, we’ll be able to email them the same information.

Being a great mentor means

  • Encouraging the young people in your group, whatever their level of ability.
  • Ensuring people are happy, safe, and involved in the project.
  • Not giving participants the answer, but pointing them in the right direction.

Please note:

  • Unfortunately, we cannot cover expenses for mentors.
  • You must not charge participants to be part of Pioneers.

Still got questions? Have a look at our Pioneers FAQ page.