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Mentorship. Networking. Recruiting.

NextGen Leaders are college students and recent graduates with disabilities who have demonstrated talent and leadership in the STEM, finance, and business fields. NextGen Leaders collaborate with Corporate Partners to prepare for employment through mentorship, networking, and recruiting opportunities.

Disability:IN Corporate Partners have the opportunity to:

  • Establish inclusive employer brands by participating in the NextGen 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, 2022. To learn more about getting your company involved, contact Alyse Brewer. Mentors will be selected based on their match to the desired interests of the NextGen Leader.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long is the NextGen Leaders program?
    • The NextGen Leaders program is a six-month program. We have new dates for the upcoming program year, which 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?
    • Yes. Many of our NextGen Leaders have continued to stay in touch with their mentors after the program ends.
  • Do I have to have a disability to be a mentor?
    • No. Many of our mentors do have disabilities, but it is not necessary.
  • Can I work for a non-profit or government agency and be a mentor in the NextGen Leaders program?
    • No. Disability:IN is an organization that promotes the employment of people with disabilities in business settings. We can refer you to other organizations that are seeking mentors who work in non-profits and government agencies.
  • Is there a financial commitment to being a mentor?
    • No.
  • Why should our business participate in the NextGen Leaders program?
    • Participating in the NextGen Leaders program 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 in your business. 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. Our program is a one-to-one mentoring program, but occasionally a mentor is open to working with two students.
  • Can I connect my mentee to internship or job opportunities?
    • Yes! We encourage our mentors to share resources and employment opportunities with their mentees.