The Climate Guides Mentorship program is building collaborative, intergenerational and peer-to-peer relationships between emerging climate leaders and professionals in the field.
The 2019 Mentorship program is a 2-month accelerator program from June 1st to July 31st.
Young climate leaders between the ages of 18 and 30 are grouped into teams of 3-5. Each team of mentees will be supported by 1-2 mentors, and will focus on one of the following themes: nature, food, justice, energy, and cities. During the two-months, mentee teams will determine the climate change problem they aim to address, develop a comprehensive plan to address that problem, secure project funding, and launch their initiative. The program also offers capacity building and skill building opportunities and access to $1,500 of seed funding from Taking IT Global #RisingYouth grants.
Mentors have the opportunity to guide and empower the next generation and gain insight into their work by providing guidance and support for their team. The program also offers mentors the chance to grow their professional networks and join an intergenerational community of climate leaders.
The program launches with a Summit that gathers the entire cohort together and wraps up with Showcase open to the public. Mentors are asked to attend the Summit and the Showcase, and commit approximately one hour a week for mentorship.
· Share their experience and expertise in a specific climate field
· Engage in ideation with mentees
· Make connections and provide mentees access to networks to mentees, if possible
· Check-in on project progress and share project management advice
· Support mentees growth as emerging climate leaders
Why should you be a mentor? Mentors in the Climate Guides Mentorship Program have the invaluable opportunity to build upon their leadership skills while supporting a group of youth leaders as they develop a climate action project. Many mentors of last year's cohort shared that they learned just as much from the mentorship experience as their mentee, if not more!
If you are an experienced climate leader with expertise in one of the five target themes, are eager to share your knowledge, skills, and networks with youth, and want to be a part of a growing intergenerational community, apply now to express interest in the Climate Guides mentorship program!
Applications for mentors are reviewed on a rolling basis. The 2019 Climate Guides Mentorship Program runs from June 1st to July 31st 2019. For details on application criteria and for any questions, please see the FAQ section below. Mentors are also encouraged to reach out to us with any questions.