By Stephanie Lato

Games for Change (G4C) and partners are seeking experienced game designers, technologists, innovators and digital media professionals in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Detroit to provide mentorship for public school students participating in the G4C Student Challenge – a program in which middle and high school students create digital games about issues impacting their community. Mentors have the opportunity to work one-on-one with students at their schools, providing creative and technical expertise inside the classroom.

By connecting students with experts in the field, the Challenge helps the next generation of game developers find their creative voice, develop a design-thinking mindset and understand how their coursework applies to real-world opportunities and careers.

If you are interested in becoming a Student Challenge Mentor, please complete the below Mentor Application Form by November 8th. Please direct any questions about the program to [email protected].

  • Work one-on-one with game design students to provide creative and technical expertise inside the classroom; help students hone their creative voices and increase their technical ability.
  • Share your industry experience and professional tips through a combination of lecture, storytelling, hands on activities, critique and Q&A.
  • Adhere to and support the Student Challenge program and curriculum, providing relevant guidance and ad hoc support to both teachers and students.

  • Volunteers may come from a range of industries including video games, technology, digital media, innovation, and more!
  • Mentors must be able to commit to two classroom visits (approx. 60 minutes each): one during the Fall 2018 school semester and one during the Spring 2019 semester.
  • Mentors must be able to commute to assigned school for in-class sessions. Volunteers will be matched with cohort schools based on (a) availability and (b) school accessibility / travel options.
  • Participate in a brief introductory call during which mentors will be on-boarded to the program.
  • (Optional) Mentors are also encouraged to participate in other components of the Student Challenge program such as (a) Student Game Jams (b) Jurying of competition and (c) Award Ceremonies during May/June 2019.
  • While professional game designers/developers are desired, mentors may come from technology, digital media, and a range of other industries. Graduate students are also encouraged to apply!


Applications are due November 8.

NYC Mentor Application
LA Mentor Application
ATL Mentor Application
Detroit Mentor Application