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Become a Mentor

Mentor a college student with a disability as they navigate the transition from college to the workforce. Business professionals in the STEM, finance, and business fields are highly encouraged to apply. Gain access to a wide array of talent that increases the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities.

Corporate Partner opportunities:

  • Establish inclusive employer brands by participating in the NextGen Leader Initiatives.
  • Build relationships and learn best practices with NextGen Leaders through mentoring.
  • Source talent through the resume database of current NextGen Leaders and alumni.
  • Network and interview NextGen Leaders during activities like Matchmaking Sessions at the Disability:IN Annual Conference.

Are you IN?

Submit a Mentor application beginning November 15, 2021. To learn more about getting your company involved, contact Alyse Brewer. Mentors will be selected based on their match to their NextGen Leader.

  • How long is the NextGen Leader Initiatives?
    • The NextGen Leader Initiatives is a 6-month program and will run from March 14 – September 15, 2022.
  • What is the expected time commitment for mentors?
    • The estimated time commitment is about 3 hours per month, which includes mentorship and webinar participation.
  • Can I stay in contact with my mentee after the 6-month program?
    • Many of our NextGen Leaders have continued to stay in touch with their mentors after the program ends.
  • Do I need to have a disability to be a mentor?
    • No. Many of our mentors do have disabilities, but it is not necessary.
  • Is there a financial commitment to being a mentor?
    • No.
  • Why should our business participate in the NextGen Leader Initiatives?
    • Participating in the NextGen Leader Initiatives is a great opportunity to support emerging leaders by linking students and recent graduates to the professional world. Additionally, participation gives your business access to a wide array of talent that increases the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities. Program participation can add value to your company’s image as “disability inclusive” and a “Best Places to Work” employer.
  • Will I have more than one mentee?
    • Typically, no.
  • Can I connect my mentee to internship or job opportunities?
    • Yes! We encourage our mentors to share resources and employment opportunities with their mentees.