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SEAOSC launched its own mentorship program in 2022 and is currently recruiting participants for the 2023-24 year.
The program pairs two people at various career levels (mid-level and senior level, emerging level and mid-level, or emerging level and senior level) who would meet monthly in a structured setting at a time of their choice with prompts from the program to address key issues and also check-in on goals. This allows for a deeper connection between two people, the ability to talk about more personal issues, and a chance to build a lasting relationship that continues beyond the structured format of the program.
Mentor/mentee matches are in place for 12 months and can be renewed if all parties agree.
How the Program Works:
Each month, mentors and mentees meet to create a relationship and move towards defined goals. Mentors would be matched based on 3 levels of experience:
These meetings would be structured and last for 60-90 minutes. The mentor mentee pairing would be for approximately 12 months. SEAOSC would have a mentor program coordinator to facilitate the matches, provide training and support to mentors and mentees, and be a resource to make the matches successful.
Mentor Screening, Matching, & Support:
Mentor Program Coordinators will begin with an initial screening that includes an intake form and interview to help determine the best match for the mentor/mentee. The mentors will have very brief check-ins with the Program Coordinators for at least the first 3 months after matching to offer and receive feedback on the match. The Program Coordinators will work to support the resolution of any issues or challenges that arise, and can also be accessed for challenges that a mentor is asked about that they need support with.