Be a Mentor with Las Fotos Project

Spring 2021 Update: Please note, all of our programs will be held virtually this fall. All mentors will need to have the ability to access video conferencing platforms such as Zoom in order to connect with students. Mentors need not be located in Los Angeles, but should be able to participate during 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 work with middle school and high school students in a community setting.

In the past, Artist Mentors have been college students, graduate students, and/or artists from the community. Emerging artists are preferred. Because Las Fotos Project emphasizes peer-to-peer and participatory learning, artist mentors must be able to connect on a personal and artistic level with teenagers.

Artist Mentors are caring individuals, willing to learn, open to taking risks, and able to commit three hours per week for 12 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.

What is the time commitment for a mentor?

We ask that all mentors volunteer 3 hours a week, for 16 weeks. This time includes attending class, providing feedback and guidance and going on field-trips with mentees.

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.

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 20 other photographers who are working in various projects and collectives outside of the organization each semester.

What is the application process? 

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: If you would like to mentor for the Spring 2021 semester, please submit your application by 01/28/21. If 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 upon completion of the interview process.

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