Mentorship at LALA happens two ways:
First - we structure our community to encourage peer-mentoring. Through our programming and alumni engagement community, we build a culture of mentorship in which LALumni can help and support other LALumni in specific issues and initiatives.
Second - we offer official mentorship programs and opportunities where we match LALumni with individuals from the LALA Network to help LALumni further develop personal and professional skills.
Our official mentorship programs consist of mentorship cohorts where we match a LALumni to mentors each cycle, as well as semester "open mentorship weeks".
LALA's mentorship initiatives seek to generate value for both parties, accelerate our alums' development, and enhance the impact and sustainability of their projects. Our alumni are also navigating big personal, educational, and career decisions, and having mentors and sounding boards can be a huge help.
We believe that development takes time and that is why connecting students with an experienced professional is necessary.
ALUM CONNECTION STORY
Meet Emerson Rocha (BLB5)
From the ecosystem to working with Marcelo Gleiser
“I remember I heard his name for the first time when my grandfather showed me a recently-purchased copy of his book "The Dancing Universe"—Marcelo Gleiser, Brazil’s greatest scientist. What I could hardly predict was that months later, thanks to LALA, I would be personally working for him. I bettered my leadership, communication, teamwork, and design skills through the Harvest Team, and later applied what I learned with Gleiser on his YouTube project alongside two other LALA Alums, helping democratize science to an audience of 210K people (4K viewing simultaneously every hour), gaining 2MM views, launching merchandise and a membership program, and generating $12K in revenue- all in just 5 months of work. I cannot see this happening without the multidisciplinary preparation of LALA programs and mentors in my life.”