The MENTOR Program
A Professional Development Program for Entry-Level Public Servants
- Bachelor's Degree (required)
- Master's Degree (preferred)
- Minimum of two years professional work experience, preferably in an administrative capacity
- Demonstrated participation and involvement in community, civic, professional and social activities
- Interest in and commitment to achieving an executive position in the public sector
Persons selected to participate in the Mentor Program will be required to complete a number of important tasks. At a minimum, the following is required:
- Demonstrated interest in and commitment to developing and sustaining a mutually-supportive relationship with a mentor
- Commitment to developing a detailed, individualized work program and strategic career plan
- Willingness to undertake and complete a research project on a problem facing your community
- Availability to attend kick-off and mid-year workshops and fully participate in group discussion
- Submission of monthly status reports on the progress achieved in the mentoring relationship
- Commitment to schedule and attend frequent "team meetings" with a mentor
Among the benefits of participation in the Mentor Program are the following:
- Unique access to and the opportunity to interact with a prominent local government executive on a one-to-one basis
- Sage advice and counsel from someone who's "been there"
- The opportunity to develop a strategic career plan with the assistance of a successful executive
- Heightened awareness of career opportunities in the public sector
- The opportunity to network with Black professionals from across the country
2013 - 2014 PROGRAM YEAR RECRUITMENT & SELECTION TIMETABLE
March - May
Recruitment and solicitation of protégé applications
Selection of protégés; notification of decision to applicants
September 19 - 22
Kick-off/Orientation Program, Washington, DC
Mid-Year Workshop, Washington, DC
April, FORUM 2014, San Antonio, TX
Mentor Program Recognition Ceremony
Funding for the Mentor program is provided by the NFBPA. Participants are expected to pay a fee, which subsidizes partial costs associated with lodging, programming and group meals. The 2012 program fees are $425 student fee or a $625 individual fee for program participants and an organizational membership fee, for non-member participants. Participants are also expected to assume the costs of their own travel to the orientation and mid-year training sessions, and assume registration, travel and lodging costs for attendance at FORUM – NFBPA’s annual conference. The Mentor Program Graduation is held in conjunction with the conference. All local and miscellaneous expenses associated with the training sessions and the annual conference is the responsibility of each participant. Persons selected to participate in the Mentor Program will be required to join the National organization and maintain a minimum one-year membership for the duration of the program.
Visit this link to download a Mentor Program Application Form. For more information contact Awa Fall at (202) 408-9300 Ext. 1-104 or email email@example.com.
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