Mentee 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 Mentees 

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 Mentees.

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 client calls.
  • Participate in quarterly paired mentor / mentor client calls.
  • Read assigned reading material.
  • Work closely with the mentor on achieving your 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 Mentor, capitalizing on their experience and expertise.
  • Learn more about POPAI, the Indiana Judiciary, community supervision administration, and leadership directly from experienced volunteer leaders.
  • 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 for the Mentor Program and agree to the intent and expectations of the Program as outlined above, please complete the application that follows no later then July 23, 2021 at noon.

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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. The main reason I want to enter the POPAI Mentoring Program is:

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* 8. Indicate the main areas of self-improvement you wish to address as a Mentoring Client.

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

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* 10. Indicate any activities outside of POPAI that you would like to share that would align with your consideration to be a part of the POPAI Mentor Program.

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* 11. What amount of growth are you looking to gain from being a Mentoring Client?

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Personal Growth
Professional Growth 
POPAI Growth

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* 12. Character & Competency Qualities: Using the scale provided, please rate the level you feel you are currently at regarding the following Characteristics and Qualities:

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Strategic Agility
Leadership Courage
Building Effective Teams

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* 13. 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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* 14. 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.