Be a Mentor with Las Fotos Project

Fall 2021 Update: Please note, programs will be held both in-person and virtually this fall. All mentors will need to have the ability to access video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and should be able to participate during all scheduled class times. Each semester, Las Fotos Project selects volunteer Artist Mentors to participate in our after-school and weekend photography programs. Arts mentoring at Las Fotos Project is a wonderful opportunity for artists and educators to collaborate with middle school and high school students in a community setting.

In the past, Artist Mentors have been students, members of the industry, and artists from the community.  Las Fotos Project emphasizes peer-to-peer and participatory learning, artist mentors must be able to connect on a personal level with teenagers.

Artist Mentors are caring individuals, willing to learn from students, open to taking risks, and able to commit to at least three hours per week for 14 weeks. Concurrent with their mentoring hours, mentors are invited to participate in a professional development program to support their growth as artists and educators.

Read through our FAQs for more information on mentor requirements and commitments.

How can I apply? 

If you are ready to be a mentor, fill out the mentor application below. We accept mentor applications all year round, however, our interview process happens at the beginning of every semester. NOTE: Placements for the Fall 2021 semester have closed, however please fill out the application and we will contact you if a spot opens up.  Once your application is accepted, you will be contacted by Las Fotos Project to schedule an interview. All mentor applicants are also required to complete a background check (Live Scan) upon completion of the interview process.

Do I need to be a photographer? 

Yes, in some capacity. Our mentors provide technical support in addition to personal guidance for our students. Knowledge of photography is highly desired, though we welcome people who engage with photography in different ways – professional, hobbyists and production.

What does mentorship at Las Fotos Project look like?

Mentors and mentees are paired at the beginning of the semester and work together both inside and outside of class. We ask you to meet weekly (via texting, zoom, etc.) to answer any technical camera questions, to track class progress, and check in regarding topics outside of Las Fotos Project such as school, family, mental wellness etc. 

Do I need to identify as a woman?

Nope! Although we aim to have our students connected to as many women-identified photographers as possible, our application process is open to individuals of all gender identities.

How many students will I work with? 

We aim to pair mentors with no more than 2 students, although most mentors will be paired with 1 student for the entirety of the semester.

Are Las Fotos Project Mentors paid?

Our mentors volunteer their time with our students. Most of our mentors have found that their experience here at Las Fotos Project has helped them grow as artists and professionals as well. Mentors also have the opportunity to build their personal network by connecting with over 40 other photographers who are working in various projects and collectives outside of the organization each semester.

What is the time commitment for a mentor?

We ask that all mentors volunteer 3 hours a week, for 14 weeks. This time includes attending class, and having weekly check-ins with your mentee(s). It may also include duties such as providing feedback and guidance through surveys and going on field-trips with mentees. Attendance in all classes is mandatory. 

Have additional questions? Email info@lasfotosproject.org

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