Mentors are an integral part of each RYE Fellow’s experience. As community leaders, our mentors provide Fellows with the necessary auxiliary support to successfully execute their projects. Among other roles, this entails connecting Fellows with appropriate resources (i.e. professional associations, informal contacts, service providers, or additional community stakeholders) and providing input on the direction of a Fellow’s project (i.e. suggestions to make a project more intersectional or how best to reach a wider audience). As our Fellows are often living in rural areas with fewer work opportunities, our mentors also serve as professional role models who can act as points of contact for fellows as many are exploring career paths, learning new skill sets, and will benefit from mentor relationships.
In order to apply, you must be:- Over 30 years of age- Employed or volunteering in relevant field to a current RYE Fellow- Able to commit 2-3 hours per month of your time
What makes an effective mentor? Effective mentors can commit 2-3 hours per month to the Equality NC Fellowship. They’re excited about working with young people and building relationships between organizations and communities. Our best mentors communicate clearly, have a strong understanding of intersectionality, are flexible and adaptive to new ideas, and are willing to help our Fellows develop new skills. Our mentors come from many different backgrounds and work in a variety of fields. While not required, it is helpful if mentors are familiar with LGBTQ community organizing work, the nonprofit sphere, and/or rural communities in North Carolina.
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