Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a mentor and a mentee?

A mentor is an alumnus/a, current parent, parent of alumnus/a, grandparent, teacher, or other member of the Key community who is a veteran of their profession, an expert in their field, or has knowledge and experience through their personal and professional interests to be shared with others.

A mentee is an alumnus/a or current Key student who is new to the workforce or has an interest in connecting with others who share similar personal and professional interests.

Is my information private?

Yes. The mentor and mentee databases will not be searchable by anyone outside of the Alumni Office. In an effort to protect alumni contact information and to ensure that the best networking matches can be made, all matching will be done in coordination with the Alumni Office. Once the match is made, contact information between the mentor and mentee will be shared with each other.

I selected that I would be interested in possible internships or job opportunities. Am I guaranteed to receive one?

Unfortunately no. While we do have some mentors that have expressed interest in providing possible internship and job opportunities as they arise, it is impossible for us to guarantee that a networking match will result in a job.

I just signed up to be a mentor or a mentee? How quickly will I receive a match?

The Alumni Office strives to match interested individuals as quickly as possible, but matches will be dependent on how many individuals share similar interests. If your interests are not matched exactly, we will do our best to match you with someone as close to your interests as possible.

I am qualified to serve as a mentor, but I also have interested in networking with other mentors with similar interests. Is that possible?

Absolutely! You will notice that as you fill out the Mentoring Sign-Up Form, the last question asks if you are interested in speaking with other Key peers in your field. Select "Very Interested" and we can connect you with others who have expressed a similar interest.


communiKEY is Key's first formal networking program aimed at linking alumni, parents of alumni, current parents, grandparents, and other community members with current students and young alumni through both personal and professional interests.

With more than 5,000 enthusiastic and talented individuals connected to The Key School, this community is more vibrant than ever. In the spirit of Key's mission of developing students into "informed, thoughtful and constructive members of society, with a lifelong commitment to learning," more and more members of the Key community desire the opportunity to connect and network with other members of the Key community.

This program is designed to create networking matches based on:

  • Personal and Professional Interests
  • Communication Preferences
  • Desired Frequency of Communication
  • Networking interests and opportunities     
Signing up to be a part of communiKEY is simple. 

  1. Click here to sign up to be a mentor OR click here to sign up to be a mentee.
  2. As mentors and mentees sign up and interests align, matches will be assigned by The Key School Alumni Office based on your interests and goals.
  3. An introduction will be made through email to the newly matched mentor and mentee.
  4. From there, the mentor and mentee will determine the goals and framework of their match.
**While every effort will be made to match mentors and mentees as quickly as possible, we strive to match individuals based on shared similar interests. As we begin communiKEY, we appreciate your patience as we ensure that each match is a success.

Further questions, suggestions, or ideas? Please contact Steve Ginter, Alumni & Constituent Relations Director, at or 410-263-9231 ext. 1252.

Networking Opportunities for Mentors

  • Answer questions about your profession
  • Review a resume
  • Conduct a mock interview
  • Host a Senior Project for a Key student
  • Speak to students in the classroom
  • Provide internship opportunities
  • Provide employment opportunities

Networking Opportunities for Mentees

  • Ask questions pertaining to your professional interests
  • Submit a resume for review
  • Participate in a mock interview
  • Participate in job shadowing
  • Seek possible internship opportunities
  • Seek possible employment opportunities