Mentor Application

Thank you for your interest in POPAI's Mentoring Program. This Application lays out the expectations and general procedures of the process for selecting Mentors 

Program Intent: The Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana is sponsoring Mentoring Program for selected members to prepare future leaders for the Association and for the field of community supervision. This program focuses on advancing the personal, professional and POPAI-related goals of the Mentor Clients.

The POPAI program will be customized to meet the unique needs of POPAI members. Our standard support and facilitation include the following:

• The disbursement of personality assessments for both mentor and mentee. These are used for matching purposes and to allow the mentor and mentees to better understand each other’s leadership styles.

• The facilitation of a mentor program kickoff meeting.

This meeting will be held Wednesday September 8, 2021 from 9 am to 1 pm prior to the start of the POPAI Fall Conference. This meeting allows the mentor and mentee to meet each other while learning roles and responsibilities and best practices of being a mentor and mentee. It is also during this time that each pair has an opportunity to review their personality assessment, discuss existing strengths and blind spots and shares their interests in leadership development.  Finally, this meeting allows for the development of goals by the mentee with the assistance of the mentor.

• Over the course of 12 months, we will host a series of calls with the mentors, mentees and paired groups. Following each call, the facilitator gathers trends and challenges identified by each group and circulates them to the entire group for review. This provides for an amazing sharing and learning opportunity.

• Over the course of 12 months, we will deliver specific content to both pairs and the larger group as a way to move their individual and collective professional development journey forward.

• Over the course of 12 months, we will work with POPAI leadership to identify future volunteer leaders for the organization.

• In addition to those services listed above, we will work closely with POPAI leadership to develop the formal POPAI Emerging Leaders Program.

Expectations & Responsibilities:

Applicants accepted as Mentees are expected to:
  • Meet by telephone or in-person with their assigned Mentor for a minimum of 2-to-5 hours per month between September 2021 and August 2022.
  • Participate in half-day on-boarding session in September 8, 2021 from 9a-1p prior to the start of the POPAI Fall Conference.
  • Attend an additional Mentor/Mentee networking event at the 2021 Fall Conference.
  • Participate in quarterly group mentor
  • / mentee calls.
  • Participate in quarterly paired mentor / mentee calls.
  • Read assigned reading material.
  • Work closely with the mentee on achieving their goals.
  • Provide feedback to the POPAI Mentor Program Facilitator.
Benefits of Participation:
  • Gain a peer’s perspective in the field of community supervision, leadership, and administration.
  • Learn and develop a knowledge exchange with your Mentee, capitalizing on their experience and expertise and learning through coaching others.
  • Sharpen your leadership & communication skills.
  • Identify long-term professional & personal development needs.
  • Develop a lasting, meaningful relationship in a confidential setting where you can share not only successes, but frustrations.
Program Costs:

If accepted into the program POPAI will cover the costs of the program participation. All travel expenses will be incurred by the participant.

If you'd like to be considered as a Mentor for the Mentor Program and agree to the intent and expectations of the Program as out

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* 1. Name

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* 2. Job Title/Position

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* 3. County/Jurisdiction

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* 4. Phone Number 

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* 5. Email 

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* 6. POPAI Member Since

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* 7. If you have participated in a previous mentoring program, please list the amount of times you have been a mentor

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* 8. The main reason I want to serve as a mentor the POPAI Mentoring Program is:

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* 9. Outside of your current position what leadership roles have you/do you serve in?

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* 10. Please provide a brief description of activities/experiences that you feel will make you an ideal mentor for the success of this program

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* 11. Use the following scale to rate yourself within each of the following leadership qualities

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Strategic Agility
Leadership Courage
Building Effective Teams

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* 12. Are you available for the Mentor Program Kick-off Meeting to be held prior to the start of the POPAI Fall Conference on September 8, 2021 from 9a-1p and the program dinner that evening from 6-8p.

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* 13. Please confirm you commitment to this one (1) year in length program.

Thank you for your interest in the POPAI Mentor Program! We are grateful for your dedication to professional development and to assisting your community supervision peers. Your application will be reviewed by the POPAI Board.  If selected, you will be notified by July 30th, 2021.  Additionally, at that time you will be given 7 days to complete the Golden Personality Assessment.