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I want to be a GeoMentor! What should I do?

Becoming a GeoMentor means establishing a relationship with a school, teacher, club, or youth leader. You need to find someone who might be interested in what you could offer, and then find out what they most need.

  1. Create a 30-second summary about how geography matters, and how using GIS tools can help the person you are talking with explore the world, analyze data, and engage kids in grasping a topic or solving a problem.
  2. Seek someone interested in geography, science, civic affairs, community engagement, exploring outdoors, gathering data, working with computers, or thinking about college &/or careers. Check with local schools, youth clubs, organizations, friends, and relatives. Seek a teacher or youth leader with a need and/or an open mind.
  3. Ask how the adult already engages kids in geography activities, and what would help him/her be able to do more. Do not expect to dictate "I want to do 'x, y, and z' for you and/or your kids." Most educators already have a plan about what they need to do, and too little time already. Seek a way in which something you can provide can help the educator. Listen, establish trust, and build a relationship.
  4. Put your dot on the mentor map.

I want to find a GeoMentor! What should I do?

Potential GeoMentors are everywhere, but they probably don't know you seek such a person. Search actively.

  1. Put your dot on the educator map.
  2. Talk with adults in various jobs and ask if they use geography and computers in their work, or know anyone who does and would be willing to provide some assistance.
  3. When you find someone who might be able to help and might also be interested, listen for what they know about which can help you.
  4. Share. Identify clearly your key needs. Outline categories of things that could help you – materials, help in getting software or hardware to operate, software instruction, content background, data, presentations to youth about usage, context for long-range instructional development, career info, help getting to a professional development event, etc.

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