With the mentoring program the European Development Council (EDC) wants to offer an opportunity to support and to improve. The primary target is to boost the mentee’s organisational development & growth. This means confidential conversations between the mentee and the mentor, on topics based on the needs and goals of the mentee.
But mentoring develops both parties – the mentee and the mentor. Both parties learn from each other, improve their skills and proceed towards their goals. Mentoring enables the mentee to build up skills, knowledge and understanding and the mentor to develop their interpersonal skills, to learn new things and to gain joy from helping others.
The mentoring program focuses on Local and National Organizations. It will be offered online and is created as a group mentoring (one mentor works with a group of mentees).
The program will be 6-12 months long. Mentees and mentors have to fill the application. Then the EDC matches them based on the expertise of mentors and the needs of mentees. The EDC also ensures the quality of mentors and provides training for mentors.
Topics for mentoring can be (examples)
- Membership recruitment
- Membership engagement and retention
- Strategic planning
- Projects and project management (including ACF and impactful projects)
- Best practices for good governance of LO
- Sustainable partnerships
- Personal development/skills development programs
- Leadership programs
What is expected from mentors
- Interest in supporting Local Organizations to grow and to develop their functions
- Skills and knowledge e.g. in the themes mentioned above
- Ability to commit at least 3 mentoring meetings during the program and to join the general meetings/training sessions that the EDC organises (three meetings)
- Understanding and willingness to commit to the role of the mentor
The role of the mentor is to listen and ask questions to help mentees identify areas for development. The mentor provides support and encouragement, advice, information, knowledge and offers different perspectives on the problems that mentees have. A good mentor encourages self-reflection and respect for the mentees and their goals and objectives.
What is expected from mentees
- Ability to commit at least 3 mentoring meetings during the program and to join the general meetings/trainings that the EDC organises (three meetings)
- Willingness to take initiatives to develop the Organization with skills, knowledge and understanding gained from the mentor
- Understanding and willingness to commit to the role of the mentee
The role of the mentee is to set goals and objectives for the mentoring and to decide upon the amount of help and guidance needed. A mentee should be eager to learn. A good mentee uses active listening skills and respects the mentor.