NetworkPeninsula / MentWorks

A New Mentorship Program to Meet You Where You Are!

Broaden your skills by serving as a mentor
Increase your skills by having a mentor who can help you grow in your professional role
Encourage growth inside your organization by implementing your own mentorship program!

MentWorks is for anyone interested in serving as a mentor to others in the nonprofit sector as a staff member, board member, or volunteer; as well as for those who are seeking a mentor in their work in any of these roles. It can also be of value by organizations seeking to implement or improve upon their own mentoring program for staff, board members, and/or clients.

MentWorks has been designed for multiple applications:

· Nonprofit Leaders – individuals in similar roles at different agencies w/ varying levels of experience.
· Board Members – senior/more experienced board member mentoring junior/less experienced people from same or different organization
· New hires – staff needing to be oriented, trained & assimilated into new roles
· Reverse mentoring – senior staff looking to junior staff to broaden their perspective, learn new skills, reignite their passion, etc
· Clients – for nonprofits that provide mentoring to clients, adding to or strengthening their own mentoring program.

Mentoring Essentials:  The Purpose  —  June 7, 2019 — 11:30 am—1:30 pm — What is Mentoring? What does a Mentor do? What should a Mentee expect or ask from a Mentor? What benefits result from Mentorship? This first session explores whether Mentorship is for you or your organization, how to define Mentoring, and how to begin to foster commitment to this important opportunity.

Also as part of this new program, we have identified nonprofit leaders, Board members, and volunteers who are interested in serving as mentors. NetworkPeninsula will help to facilitate matches that best meet the needs (professional and geographical) of both the mentor and mentee. Participants in this session will have first opportunity for matching. 

If you are interested in joining us on June 7 as a potential Mentor or Mentee, please email Karen to reserve your spot. We will meet at the Community Education Center in Denbigh.

Additional sessions will be added based on feedback from our June session and will include:

Mentoring Essentials:  The Match  —  This session adds strategy to the matching. How can you be sure that a Mentor/Mentee are a good match?  What assessment tools might help a Mentor or Mentee assess options for possible matches?  What information is important to gather during Mentor/ Mentee recruitment?   How can you determine the correct “level” of Mentoring and the proper Mentoring “investment” that fits the Mentor/Mentee expectations?

Mentoring Essentials:  The Relationship —- How do you build a Mentoring relationship with a complete stranger?  How can you build onto an existing coworker relationship to make this a true partnership in mentoring? This session uncovers the nuts and bolts for how to get the most out of a mentoring relationship – one that creates a mutually beneficial experience. This includes the ten critical building blocks that establish a strong foundation, how to build trust or deepen trust between the Mentor and Mentee, and how to turn shared expectations into a Mentoring agreement.

Mentoring Essentials:  The Work — So, you have a Mentor or Mentee, now what?  In some cases, mentoring without an action plan is as effective as a parachute that opens on the first bounce.  Every journey begins with a first step.  This session explores three elements that can lead to a strong start. Where do the Mentor/Mentee begin?  What role does a Mentee SWOT Analysis play?  How can the Mentor/Mentee use the SMART goal formula to optimize professional development?  How does a Mentor structure a professional development conversation with a Mentee using the GROW model, resulting in a thoroughly assessed action plan?

Program Facilitator:

Robert Kenney, Ph.D. has worked within the nonprofit sector since 1983.  Bob has taught in Duke University’s Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management since 1995 and in Tidewater Community College’s Academy for Nonprofit Excellence for its first 9 years.  Bob has a doctorate in Organizational Psychology and has designed and delivered management, leadership, and team development workshops since 1993.  He works with nonprofit organizations, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, manufacturing and biotechnology businesses, corporate service-based organizations, colleges and universities, local and state governments, as well as US federal government agencies.