2017 Emerging Leaders Mentor Application
Open Buffalo's Emerging Leaders program is a distinctive social justice curriculum aimed at building a stronger Buffalo by preparing new leaders in our city. Emerging Leaders are given the tools and support to make positive changes by participating in cutting-edge training's in organizing, policy and research skills as well as networking with like-minded change agents and community leaders. Mentors play an important role in supporting the new leaders of Buffalo!

Mentoring is a special partnership between two people based on commitment to the mentoring process, common goals/expectations of the partnership and mutual trust and respect. Mentoring is a “Get and Give” experience with the goal of providing a rich and rewarding experience for both mentor and mentee. We ask you to share your information so the Open Buffalo team can determine the best mentor-mentee match based on interests, personality and experience. Not all applicants are guaranteed to be matched with a Emerging Leader participant. Prior to final selection, you will be asked to participate in a brief phone interview.

Mentor Roles
- Identify pathways that will help your mentee achieve their own goals
- Expose your mentee to your professional networks and individuals who can help them achieve their goals
- Encourage your mentee to take the steps necessary to achieve their goals
- Affirm your mentee identity as an agent of positive social change
- Assist your mentee in developing their personal life plan
Mentor Responsibilities
- Be proactive; mentors should take the initiative to contact their mentee
- Regular in-person meetings are key to a successful relationship: schedule meetings every other week for the four months of the program. (three months during the program and one month after graduation)
- Be a sounding board for your mentee
- Act as a resource and guide
- Willingness to share personal life experiences, as it relates to your mentee's professional development
First Name *
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Last Name *
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Email *
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Phone Number *
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Are you currently employed? *
Where are you employed? *
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Why are you interested in becoming a mentor? *
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Do you have mentoring experience? *
If yes, please explain your mentoring experience.
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Are you able to participate in the mentor orientation on Tuesday, August 1st? (Orientation does not guarantee a mentor match: matches will be made on the basis of interests, skills, background, knowledge and temperament of both the mentee and the mentor.) *
Are you able to participate in the Emerging Leader program orientation on Tuesday, August 8th? *
Describe what you consider to be your three strongest general competencies (i.e. knowledge, skills and abilities): *
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What do you think your mentee can learn from you?
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What do you think you can learn from your mentee?
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What are your interests or hobbies outside of work?
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It is recommended that you meet with your mentee at least 8 times during the duration of the program (three months during the program and one month after graduation). Will it be possible for you to provide this time to the program? *
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