Mentor or Volunteer

Sophomore Symposium 2018    Student with mentor
Information for Mentors and Volunteers

BTI has a volunteer option to fit your schedule, download our Volunteer Brochure.

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Want to make a difference in a teenager's life?  Did you have a mentor that impacted you? Carlmont High School's BTI is looking for mentors to share career information with juniors.  Easy communication through email, phone and in person has a lasting impact on a student. Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Time Commitment:

Attendance at our Meet-with-Your-Mentor Breakfasts on November 3 and May 18 from 9–10 AM.We will provide a structured activity at these breakfasts that will give you and your mentee a chance to bond.

Job shadow. We would love for you to invite your mentee to shadow you at work one day, sometime between November and May.

1-2 contacts each month between November and May. Contacts can be by phone, email, or in person, if convenient.

What do mentors actually do? As a mentor, you will share information about your career and the path that you took to get where you are today. Discussing your education, previous jobs and promotions and what your role looks like on a day-to-day basis is the cornerstone of our program.

For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here to begin the online application, simply choose New Mentor.

Note: under School Site-choose Carlmont, for Volunteer Title-choose Other (write in BTI).

Download our volunteer brochure and share these volunteer opportunities with others in your office!

Volunteer to Speak at a One-Morning Symposium

Don't have the time for an ongoing commitment, then join us for an hour or two at our bi-annual BTI Symposiums. These one day events held each semester are a great way to see what the BTI is all about and share your experience in a small group setting; themes include career round tables, hot topics or project critiques.  

See the attendees at our last Symposium-March 23rd, 2017.

We will be holding a Biotech Symposium on Thursday, October 20th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and are looking for local biotech professionals to come speak for one or two hours.

Two sessions are planned:

Session 1 (9:45-10:45) -- Biotech Career Round Tables -- Professionals will speak in a small group format about their career,  educational background, brief job description and pros & cons of your field.  Students will have 15 minutes with each professional and then rotate to the next.  Ideally, a variety of fields will be represented.  

Session 2 (10:55-11:55) -- Hot Topics -- Professionals will each speak on a different hot topic in the Biotech Field.  This will also be 15 minutes, in which the professional can introduce the concept, provide a bit of background information to understand the technology, explain the technology, its promise and the ethical issues regarding its use. Some of the proposed topics could be:

  • nano technology
  • stem cells
  • gene therapy
  • gene editing (CRISPR)
  • vaccines

Sign-up now!  Contact Faith Velschow for more information.


2017-2018 school year; Program begins in November and concludes in May, 1-2 contacts each month


Build a strong community

Inspire a student

Promote your industry


Carlmont High School, Belmont CA - 22 miles south of San Francisco


Contact Faith Velschow Mentor Program Director

650-591-7502 (office)

650-464-1162 (mobile)

Highlights from the 2016-2017 school year included: 

November 3rd - Introductory meeting between Mentors/Mentees

Jan/February - Job Shadows

February 28th - Career Round Tables

April 5 - Career Fair at Skyline College

May 18th - Final event of the year

Student with mentor.    Students with symposium speaker
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