Women’s Bean Project is fortunate to have the services of highly skilled professionals in our community who serve as volunteer mentors to our program participants.
Each volunteer mentors one to two program participants throughout each woman’s employment at the Bean Project.
Mentors meet with each woman weekly and help her deal with life challenges while focusing on a realistic entry-level career choice.
They help participants set realistic goals, develop a plan for job search, prepare a resume and a background explanation letter, as well as teaching interviewing skills through mock interviews.
Women’s Bean Project Mentors Guide Program Participants By:
- Providing one-on-one guidance via in-person, telephone or e-mail meetings weekly.
- Being a good listener and sharing positive reactions and constructive criticism.
- Providing resources and guidance for training and development opportunities.
- Providing exposure, visibility and coaching in support of the program participant’s job readiness development.
- Incorporating the Bean Project’s mission and guiding principles in guidance.
- Helping to identify options for promoting goals and solving specific problems.
- Encouraging and supporting the program participant’s participation within the professional community.
- Helping to set realistic goals and providing encouragement.
- Being respectful of the program participant’s time, opinions, and decision-making.
- Helping the program participant develop a realistic plan for goal setting, job search and job readiness.
- Serving as a positive role model by modeling desirable behaviors—e.g. patience, tolerance, and reflective listening.
- Being comfortable and able to establish appropriate boundaries with the program participant.
- Encouraging and supporting the program participant.