Mentorship Program

Program Description

The Goal of the Mentorship Program is to grow the capacity of gleaning organizations by connecting gleaners to each other to share ideas and expertise. This is not technical assistance but a chance for someone newish to this work to learn from someone with more experience in the field. The Mentors will not solve any problems of the Mentees but will provide a place to think through problems and help them reach their own solutions. The program will include both a formal Mentorship and a peer Cohort.

Formal Mentorship

Mentees will spend 8 hrs throughout the course of the Mentorship program in one on one sessions with their Mentor. Mentees should also expect to spend time outside of meetings preparing and following through with action items.

Peer Cohort

Mentees with meet with fellow Mentees one hour each week to discuss struggles, successes, and new ideas. As always there is an additional goal of building connections and network weaving.

The Process

    • Week One: Set expectations, group rules, and schedule. Explain the MOKR process
    • Week Two: Review MOKR. Talk about what moving the needle means. Explore each organization’s purpose and values.
    • Week Three: Talk about accountability and integrity.
    • Week Four: Discuss idea generation, seeking feedback, and learn how to host a Sprint.
    • Week Five: Talk about managing risk and fears
    • Week Six: Learn the difference between presenting and pitching and how to do both
    • Week Seven: Can you kill your organization?
    • Week Eight:  Talk about staying the course
    • Week Nine: Talk about fundraising
    • Week Ten: Talk about volunteers
    • Week Eleven: Talk about earned income 
    • Week Twelve: Each Mentee will pitch

What to Expect

Mentees

    • There is no cost to participate in this program.
    • If you are paired with a mentor, you’ll be asked to send them information about yourself and your work.
    • Mentees are responsible for coordinating with their Mentor. They should contact their mentor to schedule a call. 
    • Mentoring will take place online through video calls, phone calls, and e-mails.
    • Each Mentee should expect 8 hours of one on one time with their Mentor over the course of the program.
    • Mentees should come up with the topic, goals, and content of the calls.
    • All Mentees are required to participate in once a week peer Cohort meetings.
    • Mentees are expected to be available during business hours for scheduled calls.
    • Remember we are all busy, the Mentors are making time to talk to you. You should make time for the calls and be present, and focused on each call.

Mentors

    • If you are paired with a Mentee, they will reach out to you to schedule the calls and set the agenda for the meetings. 
    • Mentoring will take place online through video calls, phone calls, and e-mails.
    • Each Mentee should expect 8 hours of one-on-one time with their Mentor over the course of the program. If, as a Mentor, you can’t meet this obligation please do not volunteer to Mentor.
    • If your Mentees withdral, you will still be reimbursed for your time.
    • If you want to offer more then 8 hr of your time to the Mentee, that is amazing. We can NOT offer additional compensation for your time.  
    • Mentors are expected to be available during business hours for scheduled calls.
    • You will be given $300 for 8 hrs worth of Mentorship.
    • Remember we are all busy, the Mentees are making time to talk to you. You should make time for the calls and be present, and focused on each call.

Interested?

If you are interested in participating in this program, as either a Mentor or a Mentee, please reach out to Shawn directly through our “Contact Us” page.

Important Dates

Next session will run in the spring of 2021.