How do I become a mentor?
Enroll as Mentor
Please note you will be instructed to choose your mentoring topic preferences and to complete your ACRP Online Community member profile.
What are the expectations for participating mentors?
- Must be an ACRP member in good standing.
- Must fill out their profiles on the ACRP Mentoring website, selecting their mentoring areas.
- Will have a maximum of 2 mentees at any given time.
- Will make a commitment of 4 months (maximum) to each mentee.
- Will attend scheduled kick off call with mentee (mentee must schedule the call).
- Will review mentee’s goals.
- Will provide insight, knowledge and understanding to mentee.
- Will determine type(s) of communication desired with mentee (telephone, email, text, in-person) and jointly review the Mentoring Plan.
- Will complete an evaluation at the end of the mentoring relationship. If a mentor is working with two mentees that have similar goals, the mentor may structure some (but not all) consultations as a group, if mutually agreeable to the mentees.
Who are the mentees?
Mentees are ACRP members who need you to help support their careers.
Can I have more than one mentee?
ACRP recommends a mentor have a maximum of two mentees at any given time. You can limit the number of mentee requests you are willing to accept on the mentor enrollment page.
How do I find mentees?
Once you have enrolled as a mentor, go the Mentoring Directory and select the criteria you want to use for your mentee search. Click on the mentees’ names to view their profiles. Once you have found a good match, send a mentee request by selecting the button under their photo.
How will I know if a mentee has selected me as their mentor?
You will receive an e-mail from the mentee requesting you to be their mentor. You will be prompted to accept or reject the request.
Is it okay to reject a request?
Yes, but there should be a good reason for doing so. We encourage you to at least have an initial conversation to explore whether the relationship would be mutually fulfilling. If a potential mentee has misinterpreted information in your profile, you may find him/her to be an inappropriate match. If you want to decline a request, go to the “My Mentoring Relationships” page and check the “decline” button next to the specific request.
What if I’m going to be on vacation or unavailable for a period of time?
Go to the “Mentor Enrollment” page, click the “Mentor Status” link then click on the check-box next to “Temporarily Not Participating.” Doing this will indicate you are not accepting any mentee requests at the moment, and your mentoring profile will not be included in a mentee’s search for a mentor. It is your responsibility to communicate your availability to your existing mentees.
How do I end a mentoring relationship?
If the mentoring relationship is complete, go to the “My Mentoring Relationships” page and mark the relationship as “completed.”
If the mentoring relationship isn’t working out, please kindly discuss your decision to end the relationship with your mentee. Go to the “My Mentoring Relationships” page and mark the relationship as “completed.”
How much time will I need to invest as a mentor?
We recommend you and your mentees agree on a schedule that works best for both of you. You should both review the Mentoring Plan (detailing the mentee’s expectations, how the mentoring will be delivered, outline and target dates). The most important thing is to discuss your mutual expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship. Keep in mind mentoring doesn’t necessarily require large amounts of your time. Even brief phone calls or e-mail exchanges with you can make a big difference to your Mentees. The annual meeting and chapter events offer convenient venues for getting together with your mentee(s) over coffee or lunch.
What benefits do I receive from the organization if I participate as a mentor in the program?
All mentors are volunteers. As an active program participant, you will receive a ribbon (electronic badge located on your Online Community Profile) identifying you as a mentor.