The RMACAC Mentorship Program
RMACAC’s mentorship program is responsible for encouraging, organizing and facilitating strong mentor/mentee relationships. The Mentorship Program brings together new and experienced members of the counseling profession. Through mentee/mentor pairings, members are able to make connections that provide support, foster professional growth and development, and encourage the sharing of ideas.
Benefits of Program…. Ideas for Mentors/Mentees
- Exchange personal profiles, resumes, professional job descriptions.
- Find mutual areas for sharing, both personal and professional.
- Share methods of achieving goals and developing in your career.
- Discuss assistance available from RMACAC and other organizational memberships.
- Share helpful materials, handouts, and organizational tips.
- Mentee should feel comfortable contacting the Mentor for assistance or ideas.
- Mentor can be responsible for introducing Mentees to others in the profession.
- Meet prior to college nights, meetings or other functions.
- Visit each other at your institutions.
- Meet over coffee, lunch, or dinner.
How the Mentorship Program Works
- All mentors/mentees must have a current RMACAC membership and complete the RMACAC Mentorship Application.
- Once an application is submitted, the Mentorship Committee will review the applications and match mentors with mentees. The Committee will notify the members of their match. It will then be up to the mentor/mentee pair to communicate with one another.
- Mentee/Mentor pairings do not necessarily have to be within your own field. For example, a match can be made between members in college admission and high school counseling.
Mentor Qualifications and Responsibilities
- Comprehensive experience in college admission, high school counseling, independent counseling or a community based organization.
- Willingness to take the time to help someone in the profession.
- Provide guidance and support
- Be a good listener, have patience, and take time before responding
- Motivate and inspire mentee to reach their full potential
- Maintain confidentiality with your mentee
- Follow through on return phone calls/emails/text messages
- A positive attitude and desire to have some fun.
- A desire to learn and grow within the profession.
- Willingness to take time to get involved.
- Identify the skills, knowledge and/or goals that you want to achieve and communicate them to your mentor
- Bring up new topics that are important to you at any point and give feedback to your mentor
- Maintain confidentiality with your mentor
- Be open to feedback and coaching
- The desire to meet someone new and learn from him/her.