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The Khan Academy Mentor Program

Monday, February 13, 2017

Our students receive mentorship from community members, which prepares them for apprenticeships and internships. They learn from the community through guest speakers, field studies, and community service.

One special example of community learning is the Khan Academy Mentor Program, which pairs Khan Academy employees with Khan Lab School students. They meet regularly to learn something new together.

Angelina, age 13, is working on two projects with her mentor:

"My mentor is a Product Analyst at Khan Academy, and we're working on geometry proofs and social media marketing," says Angelina. "I asked for her help with geometry because I want to better understand proofs and logical thinking. We're also doing social media marketing because I need to learn that for my website – I'm selling T-shirts with hand-designed elephants on them, and 20% of the profits goes to helping save elephants."

Khan Academy Mentors use their free time to work with KLS students, and they typically volunteer in the one-on-ones at least twice per month (often more). They are also encouraged to come to academic community events such as our students' Term Exhibition presentations.

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