Mentorship for the Pathways to Economic Opportunity Program

Learn more about participating in the Valley of Sun United Way Black and Latina Young Women Mentorship initiative.

Mentorship Details

Mentoring is a partnership between two individuals, the mentor and the mentee. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful effects on students, employees, entrepreneurs, and future leaders. 

Participants of the VSUW Pathways to Economic Opportunity program will be matched with a mentor. A representative from CPLC Workforce Solutions will reach out to participants to begin this relationship and will provide guidance on how to begin the mentorship journey.

Mentorship can be done virtually or in-person. Once mentees begin communicating with their mentors, together they can determine the frequency and format of scheduled meetings. The suggested meeting schedule is 1 to 2 hours a month.  

Mentee Role: The mentee's role is to seek guidance and constructive feedback on her professional development and career goals.

Benefits of Being a Mentee:

  • Develops a meaningful professional relationship with mentor
  • Increases professional connections and network
  • Gains knowledge of workplace expectations
  • Builds self-advocacy skills and confidence to be successful
  • Access to potential internships and job opportunities 

Mentee Responsibilities:

  • Shares information about his/her background, skills and interests
  • Partners with mentor to create a meeting schedule
  • Assesses academic/professional strengths, learning and developmental needs and values
  • Openly shares successes and failures
  • Takes advantage of opportunities presented by the mentor
  • Is receptive to feedback and coaching

Mentor Role: A mentor’s role is to provide guidance and support to a mentee to help develop professional and personal skills.

Benefits of Being a Mentor:

  • Enhances skills in coaching, listening and modeling
  • Contributes to the professional development of a student 
  • Gains insights and different perspectives from future members of the profession 
  • Gives back to the community by volunteering

Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Shares information about their background, skills and interests
  • Partners with mentee to create a meeting schedule
  • Advise mentee how they can help based on mentees academic/professional strengths, learning and developmental needs and values
  • Serves as a positive role model and provides encouragement for the mentee along the journey
  • Offers mentee constructive and meaningful advice and feedback and acts as a resource for information 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a mentor. Once you submit the Mentor Interest Form, a member from the CPLC team will reach out with more information and next steps. At this time, all Mentor Interest Form submissions will be matched with a mentee in the Fall of 2023

Mentor Interest Form

For additional questions please email Graciela Herrera at [email protected]

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