Commonly Asked Questions for Mentors

Commonly Asked Questions for Mentors

  • How long is the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange?
    • The NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange is a six-month program. The upcoming program will run from March 1 – August 31, 2018.
  • Can I stay in contact with my mentee after the 6-month program?
    • Yes! We encourage our participants to have long term mentoring relationships.
  • What is the expected time commitment for mentors?
    • The amount of time that mentors and mentees spend together varies based on time availability and activities being completed. However, we encourage our mentors and mentees to meet once a week via email, phone, or in person. There are Recommended Activities we hope the matched pairs will use as a guideline for topics to discuss and accomplish.
  • 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 Mentorship Exchange?
    • No. Disability:IN is 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.
  • 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.
  • Is there a financial commitment to being a mentor?
    • No. Occasionally our mentors will volunteer to take their mentee out for coffee or lunch, but this is not required.
  • Will I be matched with a mentee who lives in my city?
    • We try to match mentors and mentees who live in the same city in order to promote in- person meetings and job shadowing opportunities. If location matches are not possible, we will try to match by career field, interests or degree program.
  • Why should our business participate in the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange?
    • Participating in the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange 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 will add value to your company’s image as “disability inclusive” and a “best places to work” employer.
  • Can I connect my mentee to internship or job opportunities?
    • Yes! We encourage our mentors to share resources and employment opportunities with their mentees.
  • What do other companies say about the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange?

 

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