My best recommendation is to join a high school FIRST Robotics team as a mentor yourself. I could go on and on about how fantastic FIRST is, but let me tune my answer to what I think you’re looking for.
- You’ll meet toooooons of very smart engineers who are also mentors themselves. Not only smart, any adult who is willing to sacrifice hours of their life to help teach high schoolers about technology is generally an all around nice person. I think these are the sort of mentors you are looking for.
- Part of the spirit of FIRST is helping others. Yeah, sounds wishy washy, but trust me they make it work. The people you meet in FIRST are the most willing to ever lend a hand if it’s within their power. This sounds like the sort of mentors you are looking for.
- Straight up technical experience. I don’t know who you are and how much you know about technology, but you can join a FIRST robotics team, as a mentor, with no tech experience whatsoever, and learn tons. There are roles for experts in finance, HR, and strategy. Ever played a sport or a board game? Then you’ll fit right in figuring out strategy for the year’s game, and you’ll absolutely learn a thing or two along the way.
Sum up: Try FIRST Robotics. The people you meet are smart, hard working, and charitable with their time and energy. Even if you don’t join a team, the people you meet are unforgettable. Contact me with any questions about how to get started.