Mentor or Volunteer

Sophomore Symposium 2018    Student with mentor
Information for Mentors and Volunteers

BTI has a volunteer option to fit your schedule.

>>>>> Be a Biotech Mentor <<<<<

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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. The first will be held on November 5, 2019 from 9–10 AM; the second will be in May. 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).

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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.  

Click here to see a writeup of our 2018 symposium in our October 2018 newsletter. This includes a list of participants.

We will be holding a Biotech Symposium on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM and are looking for local biotech professionals to come speak for one or two hours.

Two sessions are planned:

Session 1 (9:45-10:35) -- 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 (10:45-11:30) -- 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

Contact Faith Velschow for more information.


2019-2020 school year; Program begins November 5 and concludes in May. Mentors and mentees have 1-2 contacts each month


Build a strong community

Inspire a student

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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 2018-2019 school year included: 

November - Introductory meeting between Mentors/Mentees

Jan/February - Job Shadows

February - Career Round Tables sessions in social studies classes

May - Final event of the year

Student with mentor.    Students with symposium speaker
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