Motivations of Volunteer DREAM mentors

Angie Martiza Bautista-Chavez, Allison Nicole Garza, Stephanie M. Herkes, Kurt Jonathan Kienast, Nicholas W. McClendon, Aaron Layne Sharpe, Brent C. Houchens

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2 Scopus citations


Two existing inventories are modified to measure motivations of DREAM mentors who volunteer as design project leaders for underrepresented, underserved high school mentees. The DREAM mentors are predominately undergraduate engineering students. Clary and Snyder's Volunteer Functions Inventory (VFI), and Esmond and Dunlop's Volunteer Motivation Inventory (VMI) are both used to determine the motivations of the mentors for volunteering. Results show that mentors are primarily motivated by the Values function, a measure of desire to help others for humanitarian reasons, independent of race, gender and experience. Returning mentors also place high value on the Understanding function, whereas new mentors are less motivated by this measure. All place some reasonably high level of importance on Reciprocity, Reactivity, and/or Recognition as measured by the VMI, suggesting the dominant motivations are purely altruistic while secondary motivations are for personal fulfillment or gain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
ISBN (Print)9780878232413
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2012Jun 13 2012

Publication series

NameASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2153-5965


Other119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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