optiMize Mentor Interest Profile
optiMize is an organization at the University of Michigan that offers workshops, mentorship, and funding for students to create self-directed projects that make the world more just and sustainable.

Our primary program is the optiMize Social Innovation Challenge. It's an incubator for student-led projects. Whether students have lots of prior experience or none at all, our supportive community helps them take their next steps.

Projects can receive up to $20,000 — we awarded a total of $215,000 in 2018.

Mentorship is a vital part of our organization’s work, and by joining us, you join a vibrant community of students, full-time staff, and other mentors who want to help students innovate toward a better world.

We're so glad you're interested in working with us. Please complete this short form to tell us a bit more about you. We'll reach out to you soon!

Your basic information
First Name *
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Last Name *
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Email *
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Phone *
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Mailing Address
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State *
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Current Employer (if applicable)
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Current Job Position (if applicable)
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Getting to know you
This section is optional, so if it's going to be too much time for you right now, feel free to move to the next section. If you do want to answer these questions, you can respond as briefly or extensively as you like! Don't worry about having perfect answers — it's just a quick way for us to learn a bit more about you.
Why are you interested in mentoring optiMize students?
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Your history
How did you get to where you are today? What are some experiences or ideas that were formative for your career?
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Where are you now?
What are you working on now, professionally and/or personally? What values or ideas are most important to you?
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What else are you interested in? What do you like to do outside of your work?
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Your areas of knowledge
Which fields do you have experience in? *
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Are there any geographic areas you could help students understand how to approach more effectively?
For example, if you live in Detroit, Silicon Valley, etc, and think you could help students understand the area better and approach working in it more effectively.
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How you want to be involved as a mentor
Which students are you interested in mentoring? *
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Which type of mentorship opportunities are interesting to you? *
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How much time per month do you want to commit to mentoring students? *
Last year, most of our mentors committed 4 to 6 hours per month. Some spent a bit less time than that, and some gave more time. (A few gave a LOT more and spent up to 80 hours with us in some months.) The point is, no matter how much time you can commit, there's a place for you to contribute.
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Any questions you have for us?
We'll reach out to you personally, so if you have questions you want us to be aware of before we reach out, you can let us know here. Otherwise, you can ask us anything when we talk with you, too!
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