Young Business Professionals Mentorship Program
The Young Business Professionals Committee is pleased to introduce the Young Business Professionals Mentorship Program.
With the program, the YBPC will create connections between up-and-coming young business professionals and seasoned business professionals who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise in key areas such as:
- business knowledge, entrepreneurship
- building professional networks/client bases
- creating and managing work/life balance
- any other areas that the mentors and mentees wish to explore together
The YBPC Mentorship Program will run in two, three-month semesters. These semesters allow for check-ins from the YBPC; give both mentors and mentees the ability to participate in the program around their busy schedules; and have new mentors and mentees join throughout the year.
Registration for semester one will be capped at twenty mentor and mentee pairings.
Mentors and mentees are expected to meet a minimum of once per month, but are encouraged to meet as often and exchange as much information as their worklife and relationship allows.
- August 15, 2022: Registration for the YBPC Mentorship Program Semester 1 opens.
- September 15, 2022: Registration for YBPC Mentorship Program Semester 1 closes.
- By September 29, 2022: Provide mentors and mentees with their pairings.
- Early October 2022: Mentor/Mentee Mingle Event. Meet your mentor/mentee, hear about program expectations, and ask any questions you may have.
- October 1 - December 16, 2022: Semester 1 of YBPC Mentorship Program. Program meetings commence and continue throughout October, November, and December.
- January 15, 2023 – Registration for the YBPC Mentorship Program Semester 2 opens.
Can I Be A Mentor?
- Must be a Chamber Member with minimum 5 years’ experience in their current career, or 10 years of overall work experience.
- Must commit to a single semester (Oct-Dec or Mar-May) minimum.
- Must be available for at least one mentee once per month.
- Must be open to mentees of diverse backgrounds, genders, cultures, and businesses. Pairings will be made based on tangible and intangible qualities, so we expect the mentors to come into the relationship with an open mind and give the mentee the opportunity to work on the relationship as they get to know their mentors.
- We encourage mentors to be open to connecting and networking with their mentees, including introducing them to others and making them aware of events or opportunities in the community they might not otherwise have access to or be made aware of.
- Must communicate with the Mentor Coordinator during check-ins, if any issues arise, and during the feedback process after the established duration of the program.
Reasons to be a Mentor
- You’re hoping to help a young professional’s career develop and advance
- You had a fantastic mentor when you were a young professional and you are now in a position to pay it forward
- You have a growth mindset and are looking for an opportunity to hear a new perspective and learn from it
- You would like to expand your professional network or find your next business partner or employee
- You’d like to gain perspective on where a particular industry is headed or the challenges and successes that your mentee is experiencing as a young professional
- You have a unique or uncommon skill set that you would like to share with a young professional
Can I Be A Mentee?
- Must be a Chamber Member under the age of 35 and not actively enrolled in post-secondary education.
- Must commit to a single semester (Oct-Dec or Mar-May) minimum.
- Must commit to working collaboratively with their mentor to determine the structure of their relationship. Mentees will be responsible for discussing if they’d prefer a more casual relationship or would like to create a formal relationship through the use of SMART goals and other resources for skill building.
- Must be open to mentors of diverse backgrounds, genders, cultures, and businesses. Pairings will be made based on tangible and intangible qualities, so we expect the mentees to come into the relationship with an open mind and give the mentors the opportunity to work on the relationship as they get to know their mentees.
- Must communicate with the Mentee Coordinator during check-ins, if any issues arise, and during the feedback process after the established duration of the program.
Reasons to be a Mentee
- You are new to Lethbridge and would like some assistance breaking into the professional scene
- You’re hoping to create a long-term mentorship relationship using the YBPC program as a starting point
- You’d like to learn about a particular industry or role
- You want to speak with someone who has been through the challenges or experiences that you’re currently going through
- You want help setting short term and long-term goals
- You’d like to increase your confidence and networking skills
Do I have to commit to both semesters?
No, in fact the sign ups for each semester will be done separately. If you're coming up on your busy season at your job or want to explore other mentorship options, you can take a break at the end of semester one and revisit the program next semester. If you’re unable to participate in semester one but are interested in semester two, keep an eye out for registration to open on January 15, 2023.
What if I’d like to continue my relationship with my mentee/mentor at the end of semester one? Can I sign up for semester two with the same mentee/mentor?
Unfortunately, not; however, if things are going great, we encourage mentors and mentees to continue their relationship outside of the YBPC program. Additionally. if you had a great experience in semester one, we encourage you to apply for semester two for the opportunity to be re-matched with a new mentor/mentee.
What if I’ve never been a mentor or mentee before?
Welcome! We’re happy to have you. The YBPC has put together a toolkit of resources for use by you and your mentor which includes information about mentorship, a mentorship agreement, goal setting forms, and ice breakers. You may structure your relationship using as much or as little of these toolkit resources as you desire.
Do I have to meet in person with my mentor/mentee?
No, the YBPC leaves it up to the individual mentor/mentee pairings to determine what meeting methods will work best for them.
Still have questions?
Please contact Charlene Scheffelmair, Chair of the Young Business Professionals Committee.
What happens next?
A YBPC member will introduce the mentors and mentees through email and provide a quick bio for each to the other.
The mentee is encouraged to take the lead and coordinate a time within the mentor’s schedule for their first meeting. We provide a toolkit of resources which can be used to create a formal mentor/mentee relationship.
For those that would prefer to have a mentor/mentee relationship that is less structured, or not structured at all, we want to leave that open to each pairing to decide.