Hi Taro. I am starting a small SWE mentorship program for Palestinians living in the West Bank or East Jerusalem. I can take on 3 - 5 mentees. I can help with technical mentorship, university applications, job applications and, preparing for interviews. I can pay for Taro premium, Leetcode premium, Udemy, TOEFL exam fees and university application fees. My knowledge of immigration is very limited, so I cannot help with this.
I cannot read or write in Arabic so I can only take on mentees that are fluent in English. To help me adapt to the cultural and religious differences, I would like to have some Christian mentees in my cohort. I was thinking 50/50 is a good split.
I know this is a very poor time to start a mentorship program, but I prefer to start now rather than wait. If you know anyone, please send them my way. Just comment on this post.
I feel a little strange posting this anonymously, but I have always liked to keep my race and religion private in professional settings. Here is a little bit about me. I worked in Big Tech for 2 years before I got laid off. I work at a startup now. I did several internships, worked in a research lab and published a few papers. I was planning to do a PhD and I went through the application process but I did not attend.
This is my first time doing mentorship, so any advice is appreciated.
I actually mentored Palestinian engineers in-person in Gaza (this was before the situation blew up obviously). If you don't know Arabic, it will be tough. When I was teaching, I had 2 people to translate for me.
When it comes to general mentorship advice, I recommend this: [Taro Top 10] Effective Mentorship And Growing Others
For more specific advice, it's pretty nuanced so I would prefer to talk about this in Slack.
Anyways, I respect what you're doing here a lot. It's a very generous offer.
I talked to the founders of an organization called Code.X which sounds in line with your goals. You can reach out to Fatima to learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7157879352519532544/