Emerging Leaders in Community Development Mentorship Program
Mentorship Program for emerging leaders in community development for early and mid-career Community Development professionals with one or more years of experience.
OUR MENTORS are leaders within the community development field who have specialized in a range of areas, including affordable and accessible housing development and rehab, housing policy, small business training and development, micro-lending, technical assistance, non-profit management, collaboration, and relationship building.
PURPOSE & GOALS who have specialized in a range of areas, including affordable and accessible housing development and rehab, housing policy, small business training and development, micro-lending, technical assistance, non-profit management, collaboration and relationship building.
- Mentee application period is January 3 through January 31, 2022
- Monthly meetings (1-1 1/2 hours) during a six month period (from 3/2022 to 8/2022)
- Mentors and mentees will schedule their own meetings and activities
- Interested mentees will complete applications, have a follow-up five-minute phone call, and be matched by the ELCD Mentorship Subcommittee
- ELCD Mentorship committee will check in throughout the mentorship to ensure that the match is worthwhile for both parties
- Some mentees may be put on a wait list for the next round
- Mentees should have at least one year of experience working in community development and see the program as a way of gaining knowledge and expanding professional networks but not as an avenue for seeking employment
Given the pandemic’s impact on our communities and economy, it’s more important than ever to build strength and connect with others in the community development field, especially through mentorship relationships that facilitate collaboration and learning. This also requires adapting the mentorship experience to maintain the well-being of all participants. We ask that mentors and mentees structure meetings in a way that makes all participants feel safe and comfortable, whether that means video call meetings or socially-distanced outdoor meetings. The ELCD Mentorship Subcommittee will provide additional ideas and opportunities for engagement that do not require in-person participation.