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What is the GeoMentors Program?

Improving GIS and Geography Education in the US

The GeoMentors program, developed by the American Association of Geographers (AAG) in collaboration with Esri, is a nationwide network of volunteers who help K-12 schools, teachers, and informal education groups introduce GIS and geographic concepts to students across the United States. Volunteers collaborate with educators to help them include and expand spatial thinking and/or GIS in their curricula to enhance educational experiences for students.

Esri donates free GIS software to all K-12 schools around the world through their Schools Mapping Software Bundle. This gift allows students to map and analyze data with the same GIS technology used by many governments and businesses. GeoMentors help teachers, school administrators, and group leaders implement and use ArcGIS with their students as well as assist with using other geospatial technologies and introducing an array of geographic topics in alignment with the unique needs and goals of each educational setting.

Through this site, the AAG aims to help train GeoMentors to work effectively with teachers and facilitate linkages between volunteers and teachers or schools based on needs, expertise, and interests. The GeoMentors program is carefully managed and evaluated by Esri and the AAG on an ongoing basis to ensure quality mentoring experiences for GeoMentors as well as K-12 teachers, schools, and school systems.

Ready to volunteer as a GeoMentor?  Sign up today! Have more questions? Check out the sections below.

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 GeoMentors Program Flyer

Share this flyer with your geo-friends and colleagues to help grow our GeoMentors Community!  Download it here.


Program Flyer for Educators

Share this flyer with K-12 educators and administrators to let them know about the free software and assistance available for their schools, classrooms, and student groups! Download it here.