How to Participate in a Writing & Editorial Youth Mentoring Program
Are you in college—starting, somewhere mid-course, or finishing—but looking to get your foot in the door working with writing (content writing, copywriting, blog writing) and editorial tasks?
Do you have a love for the written word? Are you an Oxford comma enthusiast and cringe when you read a piece that disregards its use?
Do you have 15 hours weekly that you can spare for your learning and professional growth?
If you are a young adult and answered “yes” to these questions, then this program is for you!
The Writing & Editorial Youth Mentoring Program is aimed at young adults in different areas of study, aged 18 -25, who want to get their feet wet in content writing and editorial work.
Whether you are finishing high school and starting college, or finishing college and looking for practical experience in content crafting and management, this program gives participants a solid foundation on content writing and editing.
The experience acquired through this mentorship will be especially handy if you are interested in a career in the areas of editing, journalism, publishing, marketing, etc.
The program is free and lasts six months. It requires 15 hours of commitment from the students. After successful completion, the mentee will receive a certificate of completion, letter of reference, and college credits (for those who need them).
So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to take your writing and editorial skills to the next level?
What is a Writing & Editorial Youth Mentoring Program?
It is a program geared towards young adults, where the end goal is for them to get hands-on experience in content writing and editing before getting into the real-world market. The program also works to further the apprentices’ current experience.
What will I learn?
You will immerse yourself in the activities of an independent publisher and learn how to develop a content calendar, how to use a content management system (CMS), improve your writing (content writing and copywriting) skills, get hands-on practice with SEO (search engine optimization), etc.
Who will mentor me?
Yours truly. I will mentor you every step of the way. I have more than 15 years of professional experience in multifaceted areas (my complete portfolio is available on LinkedIn), three of which have been as an entrepreneur and strategist.
What do I need to succeed in the Editorial Youth Mentoring program?
Commitment, dedication, and willingness to learn. To learn more about our values and mission, check out the About KidPressRoom page.
Do I need to have or be studying a specific degree to participate?
Potential mentees should be currently pursuing (or about to pursue) a degree in English, literature, journalism, communication, art history, or related majors.
How many students are you accepting into the program?
Because you will be working closely with me, and I want to provide you with all the tools you need to succeed, I will only be able to take on two-three mentees at a time. That said, I will only take on serious and committed students.
Will I learn only about writing or is there anything else included?
Through the program, you will work on a lot of writing, but you will also learn a lot about SEO (search engine optimization), content writing, and marketing strategies.
How will the mentorship take place?
Online. This is a remote mentorship program in which we will meet regularly through various productivity tools (Skype, GoToMeeting, Zoom, Asana). I will also be available by email, phone, and Skype.
I would like to be part of the program. Where can I apply?
Great! I can’t wait to see how committed you are. Please apply here. If you still have questions or concerns, please send me an email or reach out through the contact form, and I will get back to you soon.
See what our previous mentees are saying:
“The editorial internship with KIDPRESSROOM was an invaluable experience. Kelly was always ready to share her expertise and answer any questions. Not only did I gain real editing experience, I also learned the basics of programs like WordPress and ConvertKit. Along with the SEO training, this knowledge gave me the edge I needed to continue in my career as an editor.” – Grace VanKirk
“This internship is great for people who haven’t done an internship yet. I learned how to edit and write articles, which were different from my usual way of writing. I learned time management skills and how to meet deadlines. I enjoyed the internship because the tasks I was given were always something that interests me, I never felt unmotivated. This is a great learning experience and Ms. Kelly is a wonderful advisor and teacher.” – Victoria Garcia
“This program really helped me get my feet wet in editorial work. Over the course of six months, my writing and research skills significantly improved. I learned a lot about SEO, WordPress, marketing, and content management. I enjoyed receiving feedback on my articles and getting the chance to collaborate on projects with Kelly and the other writers. This internship really prepares you for a job in the publishing industry.” – Brooke Thompson
“This opportunity was just what I needed to gain confidence in the skills I’ll need when going out into the editorial/writing field. During these six months, I quickly learned about SEO, marketing, and content management. While I was able to contribute articles of my own, I found that I have great skills as an editor through exchanging feedback and collaborating with Kelly and other writers. This internship is the perfect start to a journey as a writer or editor!” – Autumn Hutson
“During the six months of my internship, I grew as a researcher, writer, and editor. I was able to practice both giving and receiving feedback on writing projects, gain basic skills in SEO and marketing, and learn a new content management system: WordPress. It never really felt like “work” and I enjoyed the time I spent with Kelly and the team. It also gave me a good sense of what to expect in the workplace, such as assignments and deadlines.” – Rebekah Wallace
“What I’ve learned working with Kelly is invaluable! I learned so much about writing, marketing, SEO, and creating content that I feel that I’ve truly grown as a writer. Before this internship, I didn’t write as much as I used to and was in a slump. But working these six months was the kick start I needed to strengthen my writing skills. I am so thankful I was allowed to work with Kelly and learn from her!” – Jeannette Jones
“Working with Kelly was an absolute delight. She is organized, gives honest feedback and genuinely values the work of her interns.” – Naomi Robertson, The Word Count
“The six months I spent working with Kelly really felt like an enjoyable extension to my schooling. I learned so much, had to opportunity to read for fun again, and put to use the writing/editing information I had learned in school. I was able to not only learn so much about how to run a business, keep up a website, and understand SEO (and how that can affect what I write!), but to receive feedback from someone who has been in the industry for so long was truly invaluable. I’m so thankful for this opportunity!” – Kylie Gardner
“Working with Kelly affords a flexible schedule and an opportunity to learn backdoor skills for online publication. Internships are always a great source of experience, and Kelly has a lot of great industry knowledge to offer!” – A.P.