First Exposures is a free special interest mentoring program where academic and life skills are developed by combining the benefits of mentoring relationships with art education. The volunteer mentors are professional, commercial, and fine art photographers with a commitment to youth and education. Their mentees are creative young people, aged 11 -18, with backgrounds that have included homelessness, foster care, or low-income living situations. The mentees and mentors work in one-to-one partnerships in a group setting. First Exposures cultivates supportive intergenerational relationships in a stimulating environment of active learning. Most students and mentors have stayed in the program for more than one year; some have stayed as long as seven years. Students develop photographic skills and are exposed to a larger world than they may otherwise know.

Thank you in advance for taking the necessary time to complete our application to become a mentor in First Exposures. Your application is the first step in the application process. It is also used to help match mentors with students.

Please be aware that it might take 1-3 hours to complete our application. You can edit your responses while completing this survey, so you can come back to unanswered questions. However, you must answer the required questions with a response in order to move forward.

For additional information, contact Aneeta Mitha: 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 30th, 2020. Please apply as early as possible.