Young Leaders Mentorship Program
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 Program. The Mentorship Program will allow for a deep dive into many 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
- Getting support in coping with unique challenges people living with vison loss may experience
- Development of new skills such as public speaking, leadership, and advocacy
WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING
“Our 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.”
The FBC Mentorship Program is designed to connect Young Leaders living with vision loss with mentors who will offer support and encouragement in sessions over a 9-month term. The sessions will be designed to help mentees develop their skills, improve confidence, and learn from their mentor’s experiences.
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 2023, 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.
2023 Mentorship Schedule:
January 30, 2023: Applications for mentors and mentees due
February 2023: Virtual Kick off Session
March 2023: Online training sessions for mentors and mentees
April – September 2023: Mentors & mentees will meet virtually once a month
October 2023: Virtual Wrap up Party
To participate as a mentor or mentee, you must:
- Be between 15-30 years old (for mentees). 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 2023
- Submit a completed application by January 30, 2023
In 2023, Young Leaders will be accepting up to 15 mentor-mentee pairs into the program. We will do our best to accommodate everyone who applies, but due to numbers of applicants and particular skills/interests this may not be possible. We will be in touch with all applicants with an update on their status in February 2023.
BECOME a Mentee OR MENTOR
Applications for the 2023 program are now closed. Check back in November 2023 for information about the 2024 program.
Questions about the Mentorship Program or need assistance filling out the application? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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