INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING?
Applications for the 2013-2014 are now posted! Please click here to access the application.
We have reached our capacity for mentors
, but are still accepting applications for mentees
Call us at (208) 885-2777 or email the program coordinator with any questions.
Successful mentoring doesn't involve a huge time commitment. Our program requires applicants to attend an introductory meeting where mentors and mentees meet, and mentoring pairs are formed. At this meeting, the mentor/mentee pairs have a chance to begin to get to know one another, meet other matched pairs, eat delicious food, and have a great time. Mentors and mentees will also decide how often they want to meet, and set up their first meeting. The mentor/mentee pairs collectively determine how often they want to meet. For example, a mentor/mentee pair could meet every other week for lunch/coffee, or could meet once a month in the mentor's office. The meeting time and location is very flexible, and is determined by the mentor/mentee pair themselves.
As opposed to the traditional one-on-one mentoring model, our program is structured by the networking model. This model emphasizes collectivity and the development of diverse mentoring sources. Participants will be provided with a one-on-one relationship, but will simultaneously be encouraged to participate in Women's Center activities and informal luncheons and other events to further build their social network. This relieves undue pressure on the mentor who, in traditional mentoring roles, is expected to meet all the needs of the mentee, and provides the mentee with an expanded source of encouragement and guidance.
Staff at the Women's Center will be coordinating the overall structure of the program this year. Our Mentoring Program Coordinator, Melissa Flores, will be responsible for providing regular check-ins to make sure pairs are successful in their relationships, assisting in resolving conflicts, and organizing group gatherings.