What is the Volunteer Career Mentoring Program?
The Associated Black Charities' Volunteer Career Mentoring Program is designed to meet the needs of low wage workers of color who have a strong desire for career advancement but currently lack the career advancement skills that would ensure their upward mobility. The program design includes 12- career development and mentoring sessions, structured over a 12-month period.
Why do we need a Volunteer Career Mentoring Program?
Many African American employees who have significant potential do not have mentors to help them identify their strengths, improve their performance, and set career goals that could increase their wage growth potential. The Volunteer Career Mentoring Program brings together a diverse group of adults who have or had (retirees) successful careers and want to help others learn how to achieve their goals and low wage worker who articulate and demonstrate a desire for career advancement but are currently making less than $10 an hour.
In Maryland, as in other areas of the country, middle income households are a critical part of a city’s fiscal base. Middle class households provide revenue that poorer households and individuals cannot. Middle class households also help suppress tax rates on wealthier households and individuals. Increasing the number of people and households with middle class incomes and assets increases the tax base of a city and state, thus enhancing the region’s economy. 8
What are the benefits for mentors?
· Satisfaction of helping others achieve their goals;
· Share in the process of self-reflection and growth;
· Affect positive change; Transferrable Professional Development Skills
· Demonstrate expertise and share knowledge;
· Peer Networking and community recognition;
· Improved interpersonal skills, empathy and understanding;
What are the benefits for mentees?
· Identify their professional strengths as well as ways to make positive change;
· Learn constructive techniques for dealing with employment barriers specifically for people of color;
· Enhanced capacity to translate goals into productive actions;
· Develop a long-term plan for career success;
· Practice mastery of workplace skills necessary for career success;
· Perfect social networking and increase computer literacy skills;
· Improve communication and presentation skills;
For more information or to become a Volunteer Career Mentor, contact: Bernard K. Sims, 410-659-0000 x 1712