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Sparks Mentorship Program - Mentors

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The Sparks Mentorship Program is an innovative effort that pairs retired and currently active professionals with college students to facilitate meaningful exchanges of knowledge and advice. By drawing on the extensive experience of its mentors, the program aims to unlock the potential of the next generation, creating a link between academic theory and practical experience in the professional world. This service is offered free of charge, driven solely by the our desire to contribute to the community.

Mentor Eligibility:

  • Retired and active professionals from diverse industries.

  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience.

  • Minimum of 5 years in a management / leadership role.

  • Passion for teaching and sharing knowledge.

  • Graduate with four year college degree.

  • Commitment to supporting and guiding college students.

  • Tie commitment is 1 hour per month for 12 months (not including any prep time)

  • Exceptions may be made

Mentoring Standards:

In alignment with the above program benefits, we have implemented a routine checklist of topics for all mentors to consider including within their mentorships.  While each student will have unique goals and needs, the below checklist will be consistently applied and discussed across all mentorships.

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Important note about the above standards: our mentors are not required to know all of these topics! While it is crucial for a mentor to possess strong fundamental experience and skills, their main role is to guide students towards the resources necessary to achieve proficiency in the chosen areas that align with their goals. Our standards provide a comprehensive set of resources for each topic listed above.

Apply to Become a Mentor Now!

Step 1: Become a Free Site Member

Before applying to be a mentor, you must be a member of our site. If you are not a member yet, please sign up by clicking the 'Welcome' button below. Once you have signed up, you can access the Sparks Mentorship Program through the Member Resources page and proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: Apply to be a Mentor!

Already a site member?  Apply now with a start date of your choosing.  Applying early allows us more time to work on your student match!

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