As a mentor with the EPIC Sustainable Neighborhood Youth Challenge, you will work with a small group of students and their teacher from a Chicago school to create a campaign to envision how carbon drawdown strategies could be implemented to make their school or neighborhood more sustainable. You will assist the team in generating their favorite idea and providing sustainability expertise along the way.
Additionally, the schools will be posting their projects to an online platform, Municipal, where you will also be helping them find ways to reach out to their communities for feedback and support via this platform. Schools participating in the Challenge will be competing against one another, and the top three projects will be featured at a recognition event in 2019.
If you are interested in working with students to envision a sustainable Chicago & engage with their neighborhoods then this is the opportunity for you!
More information about the EPIC Sustainable Neighborhood Youth Challenge is available at: https://www.epicchallenge.info/
JOIN THE EPIC Sustainable Neighborhood Youth Challenge AS A MENTORMentor applications are due Wednesday, August 29. Please review the mentor responsibilities and complete the application below.
EPIC MENTOR RESPONSIBILITIES• Mentors should have a passion for sustainability issues and working with high school students.• Attend the Mentor/Teacher Professional Development session on Thursday, September 27, 2018 (5:30 PM - 8:00 PM)• Attend the Student Kick-off Event on Thursday, October 18, 2018 (10:00 AM - 2:30 PM)• Commit to 2 in-person meetings with the school and as needed email, phone, or Skype communication mentoring the assigned school beginning October 2018 and concluding December 2018.• Participate in mentor check-ins.• Provide guidance on project selection, execution, and gaining community support. • Provide sustainability expertise and guidance to your assigned school.• Assist with documentation and preparation of final submission.• Help assigned school compete for special recognition at an event in 2019.• Mentors must be a member of Illinois Green Alliance. Illinois Green Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization. Membership is open to all individuals and available in a variety of levels. More information about membership is available at: https://illinoisgreenalliance.org/get-involved/member/
KEY DATES• Thursday, September 27: Teacher & Mentor PD Workshop 1 (5:30 PM-8 PM)*• Thursday, October 18: Student Kick-off Event (10:00 AM-2:30 PM)*• Thursday, November 29: Teacher PD Workshop 2 (5:30 PM-7:30 PM)*• Friday, December 14: Student Campaigns submitted for judging• Friday, December 21: Winners announced• 2019, TBD recognition event - Top 3 campaigns to be featured * hosted at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - 2430 North Cannon Drive - Chicago
A basic background check will be conducted by the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for selected mentors prior to working with the students.
We hope you will participate as a mentor in the Epic Sustainable Neighborhood Youth Challenge and submit your application by Wednesday, August 29, 2018! Please contact Liz Wimmer, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.