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Young Leaders Mentorship Program

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Deadline to apply for the 2022 Mentorship Program is January 30, 2022

Since 2015, Fighting Blindness Canada’s (FBC) Young Leaders Program has provided a supportive environment for Canadian youth living with vision loss to come together and develop their employment, leadership, and advocacy skills.

In 2021, we introduced a new Mentorship Program as part of FBC’s Young Leaders. The Mentorship Program will allow further exploration of these topics with a community volunteer (mentor) who is established in their career and is living with vision loss.

Mentees joining the Mentorship Program will focus on building career goals and steps needed to achieve them.

Benefits to mentorship include:

  • Career planning
  • Networking
  • Getting support in coping with unique challenges people living with vison loss may experience in the workforce
  • Development of new skills such as public speaking, leadership, and advocacy

WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING

“Our first call was very valuable to me. I strongly appreciate the transparency my mentor demonstrated while sharing her story. What really stood out to me was how my mentor’s perspective has evolved due to her vision loss regarding her career and family life.”

“Our session was a great exchange of sharing more details about our work history and history with sight loss, challenges and learning how I can be a resource for my mentee.”

“I really enjoyed talking with my mentor. They are very caring and understanding. I appreciate them asking questions that challenge the way I think.”

“I felt great after our call. I find that my mentee and I have a great connection and have great discussions. We are both sad that the program is coming to an end!”

“I really enjoyed speaking with my mentor. I left the call with more things to think about with regards to my self-awareness from a personal and professional level.”

Program Details

This new Mentorship Program is designed to connect Young Leaders living with vision loss with mentors who will offer support and encouragement in sessions over a 10-month term. The sessions will be designed to help mentees develop their skills, improve confidence, and learn from their mentor’s experiences.

This year all sessions will take place virtually over Zoom.

The mentor-mentees will meet one-on-one for a minimum of six 1-hour Zoom sessions, scheduled between April – September 2021, at times convenient to both mentee and mentor. FBC’s Young Leaders Program will provide discussion guides for the sessions and will work with participants to ensure that their goals are being met. FBC will also provide a training session and will host a virtual kick-off and wrap up party for all program participants.

2022 Mentorship Schedule:

January 30, 2022: Applications for mentors and mentees due

February 2022: Virtual Kick off Session

March 2022: Online training sessions for mentors and mentees

April – September 2022: Mentors & mentees will meet virtually once a month

October 2022: Virtual Wrap up Party

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in FBC’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program, you must:

  • Be between 15-30 years old (mentees only, no age limit for mentors)
  • Be living in Canada
  • Be living with vision loss
  • Have access to a computer and internet connection
  • Be able to attend nine 1–hour session over Zoom, from February – October 2022
  • Submit a completed application by January 30, 2022

In 2022, Young Leaders will be accepting up to 10 mentor-mentee pairs into the program.

BECOME a Mentee

To apply to be a mentee, please download and complete the 2022 Mentee Application form. Deadline to apply is January 30, 2022.

Please email your completed form to education@fightingblindness.ca

Become a Mentor

If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, please download and complete the 2022 Mentor Application form.

Please email your completed form to education@fightingblindness.ca


Questions about the Mentorship Program or need assistance filling out the application? Please email us at education@fightingblindness.ca

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