UFSC-GKC recognizes the need to prepare future leaders to support its mission. It is clear that members possess a breadth and depth of knowledge and can lead the organization to higher levels. However, without specific and targeted efforts to increase active participation in leadership roles, the organization will experience significant knowledge-drain that will negatively impact UFSC-GKC, the national organization and the Kansas City metropolitan area. The Mentor Program supports UFSC-GKC’s initiatives related to membership retention, leadership development and succession planning.
- Must have a minimum of three years of leadership experience with UFSC-GKC. Leadership includes chairing a committee, or serving in officer positions for the organization.
- Must be willing to spend time outside of UFSC-GKC events to serve mentees. This time may be via e-mail, face-to-face meetings, phone calls, Skype, etc. Meetings/calls should be conducted at least every other month.
- Must provide detailed information regarding various leadership roles available through UFSC-GKC.
- Must help develop, encourage and support leadership goals established by mentees.
- Must provide positive, constructive feedback to mentees.
- Must be willing to commit one year towards leadership develop for each mentee.
- Must be willing to learn and accept constructive feedback from mentor.
- Must actively work towards establishing regular meetings with their mentor outside of UFSC-GKC meetings. Meetings should be conducted at least every two months.
- Must be willing to take on additional responsibilities as suggested by the mentor, with the mentor’s assistance/guidance.
- Must develop/establish goals with the mentor for the mentor/mentee relationship and participation in UFSC-GKC.
- Must be willing to commit one year towards leadership development in UFSC-GKC through the mentor relationship.
MENTOR & MENTEE RELATIONSHIP GUIDELINES:
- Establish goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.
- Participate in activities sponsored by UFSC-GKC.
- Stick to agreements.
- Respect each other’s time and resources.
- Be willing to commit 1 year toward leadership development in UFSC-GKC through the Mentor relationship.
- Maintain absolute confidentiality.
- The UFSC-GKC Mentor Program Coordinator matches the Mentors and Mentees based on common interests and goals contained in their respective profiles completed when they agree to participate in the program.
ASSESSMENT & CLOSURE:
- During the course of the relationships, the Mentor Program Coordinator meets separately with the Mentors and Mentees regularly to assess the progress of each relationship compared to the goals set at the onset of the relationships. If irreparable situations develop or are noted with the relationships, the parties have “no fault” options of ending the relationships and can select other individuals to begin new relationships. When the pre-determined end dates of the relationships have been reached, the formal relationships are dissolved. However, that does not mean that the relationships cannot continue informally. Learning is a life-long and continual process. Mentors and Mentees are expected to be continual learners.