Mentor or Volunteer

Sophomore Symposium 2018    Student with mentor
Information for Volunteers

BTI has a volunteer option to fit your schedule.

Consider Mentoring

Want to make a difference in a teenager's life? Have you had a mentor that made an impact on you? You might enjoy mentoring a junior interested in exploring your career.
Our students' career interests vary, ranging from engineering, programming, and sales to working directly in a laboratory. 

Time Commitment: This annual program runs from November to May and requires 2-3 hours per month plus a job-shadow day. 
Students and mentors are in contact roughly once a week by phone, email, text, or Zoom. Students are given assignments to reach out to their mentors to discuss their academic and career goals. This provides a structure to help build rapport, but many mentor/mentee pairs quickly develop a more organic relationship. Some enjoy meeting for coffee or going on a walk.
There is a 1-hour Meet-Your-Mentor event to kick off the program in November and a wrap-up event in May. In addition, we will invite those who are available to visit a class one day to talk about their career paths with rotating small groups of juniors. 
Signup: We are grateful to have the mentors we need for the 2022-2023 school year. If you think you might like to get involved next school year, please send an email to Oscar Cortez (Fabic), Mentor Coordinator,, and he will reach out to you for the next steps.
Volunteer to Speak at Our Annual Morning Symposium

Don't have the time for an ongoing commitment? Then join us for a couple of hours at our annual BTI Symposium. This one-morning event is a great way to see what BTI is all about and share your career experience. Our students' career interests vary, ranging from engineering, programming, and sales to working directly in a laboratory. 

Give a 15-minute presentation about your career to rotating groups of 4-5 students. Share your educational background, current work, and the pros and cons of your field.

Time Commitment: 2-hour event plus preparation.

We are grateful to have the speakers we need for our next symposium on February 10, 2023, but if you think you might like to be a speaker at next year's symposium, contact Faith Velschow, Work-Based Learning, SUSHD: or 650-464-1162.

Speak in a Classroom or at a Student Club Lunch Meeting

We love having professionals talk to our students during class or lunch. Presentations can be in person or via zoom. Contact the directors, Jaime Abdilla,, and Susan Gold,

Student with mentor.    Students with symposium speaker
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