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Mentor Responsibilities and Benefits

The Science Fair Mentoring Project relies on volunteers from the community to mentor the students it serves. The more mentors we have, the more students we can help. Below is some information on the responsibilities, rewards, and requirements for becoming a mentor for this program.

Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Complete a short training (online or face-to-face)
  • Flexible schedule: volunteer as much or as little as your schedule allows
  • You do not need to be a science-minded person: support, training, and guidance provided to mentors throughout the program.
  • Background check required at no cost to volunteers

Benefits to mentors include:

  • A fulfilling opportunity to be engaged in and give back to the community (pay it forward).
  • An opportunity to impact and inspire our youth by helping them build confidence, grow interpersonal skills, and explore science in a way they may not have otherwise been able.

How To Get Started

  1. Email the project and let us know you are interested in participating and what dates you can participate.
  2. Complete a simple background check conducted and paid for by Austin Public Schools.
    • Contact Sue Stark at the Human Resources Office at Austin High School via email at or complete online.
    • If you have passed a background check with Austin Public Schools in the past 3 years, you do not need to complete this step.
  3. Attend project orientation online at your convenience, or in person on Oct. 25 or Nov 2 at 6:30 pm at the Austin Public Library. This orientation will also be made available online for mentors to complete if they are unable to attend one of the face-to-face sessions.


Mentor orientations will be held on October 25 and November 2 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the large meeting room at the Austin Public Library. Mentors need only attend one of these orientations. Mentors will learn more about this program, its origins, goals, the student population at Austin Public Schools, how to connect with their mentees, and the scientific method. If you are unable to attend one of the orientations provided above, the link to an online orientation link will be provided below after November 2.

Online Orientations

Below are the online orientations for Mentors at Banfield and Neveln. You only need to view the orientation for the school you are mentoring at. This should take you 40 minutes or less to complete.



Mentoring Schedule

This program currently offers after school mentoring for 3rd and 4th grade students at Neveln Elementary School and mentoring during the day at Banfield Elementary School. Below are dates mentoring is being conducted at Neveln Elementary School. Mentors are not required to attend every mentoring date. Volunteer as your schedule allows.

Neveln Mentor Dates

Please be at Neveln at 2:30 pm. Mentor sessions end at 4:00 pm.

Month Days
November 10, 17
December 1, 8, 15
January 5, 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23

Mentoring is also conducted on a variable and flexible schedule at Banfield and on select Saturdays at the Austin Public Library. Please contact to find out more about volunteering at Banfield Elementary School or at the activities held at the Austin Public Library.