Become a Mentor

Mentoring students is a great way to give back to the community. Fortunately, the Provo CAPS program attracts dozens of students who are eager to learn, to fail, to try again, and to succeed.

The success of the CAPS program heavily depends on the wealth of wisdom and resources that volunteer mentors provide to CAPS students. Mentoring is at the heart of the CAPS experience. Being a mentor typically involves spending time with Provo CAPS students—from just an hour a week to many hours per month. Mentors assist Provo CAPS instructors by providing advice and direction for students in the fields of Business, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship, Digital Design and Software Development, Engineering and Industrial Design, and Medicine and Health Science. The level of involvement can vary depending on student needs and mentor availability.

We do not “grade” the mentoring process, but we do ask that students set up at least one initial face-to-face meeting with their mentor early in the semester, and a minimum of one more face-to-face meeting by the last month of the term. It is certainly our hope that students will take full advantage of a mentor’s willingness to share their wisdom and time, and be able to meet or communicate by email more frequently. The students who have benefited the most from your mentoring relationship are the ones who meet regularly with mentors and ask questions regarding their business and project plans, career explorations, and other life choices they are making right now.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or to learn more about the Provo CAPS mentoring program, contact Jan Jardine at provocaps@provo.edu.

Additionally, many businesses and organizations may have projects suitable for Provo CAPS students. Click here to provide a project.