With the mentoring program the European Development Council (EDC) wants to offer an opportunity for National and Local JCI Organizations to receive support in their development and an opportunity for experienced members to make a difference and put their know-how in use.
Mentoring in general is a confidential relationship between the mentees and a mentor where more experienced mentors help their mentees to develop and advance throughout their challenges.
The primary target of the EDC program is to boost organisational development & growth. A mentee is a local or national organization and a mentor can be any current member or senator/alumni who has sufficient knowledge about the topics mentioned. The program is about 12 months long. Mentees and mentors are selected by application and EDC makes the matchmaking based on the expertise of mentors and needs of mentees. EDC also ensures the quality of mentors and provides general training sessions for mentors and mentees.
The mentoring program is mainly held in English, but other languages might be available. This depends on the skills of the mentors. The general meetings organised by EDC will be held in English.
Why should you participate? 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.
Topics for mentoring can be (examples)
- Membership recruitment
- Membership engagement and retention
- Motivating members
- Strategic planning
- Strategic thinking
- Projects and project management
- Best practices for good governance of LO/NO
- 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 4 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
- Interest in focus on grow and develop the Local / National Organisation
- Ability to commit at least 4 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. Mentee is also responsible for setting up the meetings with the mentor. A mentee should be eager to learn and open minded. A good mentee uses active listening skills and respects the mentor.
Applying for 2021 program
The kick-off meeting of the program is on February 16, 2021 at 19:00 CET. The meeting will be held online. All approved mentees and mentors are required to join the meeting.