MENTOR A PROGRAM PARTICIPANT
Mentoring is more than the transfer of advice, knowledge and insights. The relationship between a Women’s Bean Project mentor and program participant offers reciprocal benefits. As well as the personal satisfaction of sharing their skills and experience with a willing learner. Being involved in mentoring a program participant also provides some tangible benefits that can reward mentors professionally.
Our objective is to build competence and confidence in professional employment by guiding and supporting program participants in ways that are self-empowering and designed to enhance professional development.
The Benefits of Becoming a Women’s Bean Project Mentor:
- Creates a relationship that can be both personally and professionally rewarding.
- Multiplies the value of your experience by sharing it with chronically unemployed and impoverished women.
- Learning about each woman’s experiences can help enhance your own skills and abilities.
Women’s Bean Project mentors commit to a total of twelve-month mentor relationship (nine-month during program participant’s employment at the Bean Project and three-months following graduation), with the goal of connecting weekly in-person with a program participant during their employment at Women’s Bean Project. During the three-month period following graduation, the mentor can choose to meet with their program graduate(s) in-person or follow up via phone or email.
Both staff and program participants benefit greatly from the skill and dedication of these dedicated volunteer mentors as our program graduates are well-prepared to transition from the Bean Project to career entry-level employment.