The GeoMentor Program

The GeoMentor Program

A GeoMentor helps youth in 4-H Club In 2009, National Geographic and Esri launched a formal effort to help educators and geoprofessionals work together to build student learning. People who use geography in their work can help educators and youth see the world in new ways. The GeoMentor program seeks to inspire volunteers to work with a teacher or youth club leader to help kids see, use, and do more geography in and out of classrooms.

What does a GeoMentor do?

A GeoMentor "adopts" a school, class, or club and supports the educator/s in working with youth. Using tools of geography (such as maps and globes, atlases, charts, imagery, and field work), the GeoMentor helps the educator and youth develop skills in geographic thinking.

Who can be a GeoMentor?

GeoMentors can help youth in field experiences GeoMentors can be anyone who uses geography, recognizes the ways in which geography matters to us all, and has an interest in helping young people, including:

  • users of Geographic Information Systems
  • Mapmakers
  • city and regional planners
  • Local government workers
  • Utility industry workers
  • Transportation people
  • Health care staff and social workers
  • Architects and engineers
  • Farmers, foresters, and fishermen
  • Safety and security people
  • Homemakers
  • Anyone who recognizes that where things are, and how they relate to other things, influences our lives

How can an educator benefit?

Youth assemble their 'Geography Action!' project A classroom teacher or leader of an informal education group can benefit by developing his or her own skills, getting support problems solved, and providing youth with powerful new opportunities that foster long-term skills. And everyone will benefit from a more engaged citizenry.

GeoMentor Program Resources