Fellows Program Overview

Through the 2019 Summit Fellowship Program MENTOR will provide critical professional development and network building opportunities to leaders who are making a deep impact in the mentoring field but are unable to attend the National Mentoring Summit due to financial barriers.

Fellows will receive complimentary admission to the National Mentoring Summit, a $1,000 travel and accommodations stipend, and access to exclusive networking opportunities. Fellows are responsible for booking and managing their own travel and lodging and assume any additional costs that may be incurred. Approximately 15 Fellows will be selected pending funding for the Program. Applications open on August 1, 2018 and close on September 1, 2018. All applicants will be notified if they have been selected by September 25, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for Summit Fellowships and only fully completed and submitted applications will be considered

1 - Applicants must be a full time employee for a mentoring program that has a tax exempt organization ID. Organizations must be based in the United States, in operation for at least 3 years and have an annual mentoring program budget (not organization budget) of $150,000 or less*. Only one applicant per organization will be selected.

2 - Prior to submission, applicants must submit a request for their organization to be listed in the Mentoring Connector if they aren’t listed already.

3 - Upon selection, applicants must provide written commitment to participate in the following ways: Attend 2 pre-Summit conference calls; Attend the entire Summit (including Capitol Hill Day and training – Arriving 1/29/2019 and staying through 2/1/2019); Complete post-Summit survey; Write a blog post or record a video about your experience and share your Summit Fellow experience on your programs social media; Attend 2 post-Summit Fellows virtual convenings.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria

The Applicant:
Purpose / Passion: Applicant exhibits strong passion and commitment for connecting young people in quality mentoring relationships.
Leadership: Applicant is a programmatic leader or has demonstrated leadership potential.
Eagerness to learn: Applicant is eager to learn and build both their personal and professional skills.
Demonstrated need: Applicant is able to clearly demonstrate financial need or barriers to Summit attendance.

The Organization:
Quality: Organization is dedicated to implementing evidence-based quality mentoring standards that are safe and effective and is committed to continuous improvement.
Mission: Organization has a clear and compelling mission and objectives.
Potential for impact: Organization demonstrates innovative problem solving, sees opportunities for growth, and has demonstrated tangible impact to the beneficiary population.

* If your mentoring programs budget exceeds $150,000 and you feel like you can show a strong financial need for the fellowship you may submit an application but are asked to clearly articulate why you feel we should make an exception. Upon review you may be asked to submit additional supporting documentation to demonstrate financial need. Submitting this documentation in no way guarantees an exception will be made.

MENTOR is committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion for all. We embrace our differences and celebrate our common humanity in advancing the need and transformative power of supportive relationships for our young people. We believe that varied perspectives, experiences and opinions are central assets in our mission to close the mentoring gap. We seek to build a Fellows cohort diverse in skill, perspective and experience and encourage leaders from all backgrounds to apply.