Mission, background and program structure

The ACE Mentor Program is a not-for-profit organization that helps prepare high school students for careers in design and construction through mentoring by industry professionals.  Our mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.

Founded in 1994 by a group of leading architects, contractors and engineers in New York City, the program has served over 65,000 students nationwide and over 10,000 students in New York alone. Today more than 9,000 students and 3,600 mentors participate in ACE each year in 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Three-quarters of ACE students come from minority and underserved communities.

ACE New York has awarded $1,887,000 in scholarships to 915 program graduates. 

Program Structure

  • High school students, particularly from under-represented populations, are introduced to careers in the design/construction field.
  • Teams are made up of 15-30 students and 5-7 mentors from different industry disciplines. 
  • A Team Leader sets the project schedule, prepares meeting agendas and may host or arrange the meeting location. 
  • At least 15 biweekly meetings are held from 4 to 6pm during the school year. 
  • Mentors present industry overviews, assign activities from ACE’s Best Practices Manual and guide the students through the development of a design project. 
  • At the end of the season, students present their project just as a real design team would present to a potential client.
  • Scholarships are awarded to top students at a luncheon in May. 

Visit our website at www.acementor.org or contact us at greaterny@acementor.org for more information.

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