The Together pilot programme uses an online platform to facilitate a pairing process between mentors and mentees. Participants will be supported by the project team throughout the registration process and the mentoring relationships.
Both mentees and mentors fill out a questionnaire on the Together platform. They can express preferences about what they would like to learn or share in the mentoring process (14 August – 7 September).
Mentors and mentees attend an orientation webinar (week of 14 September).
Pairing of mentors and mentees takes place during the week of 14 September. The platform provides mentees a list of suggested mentors based on their preferences. Mentees can rank and submit their top five choices.
The platform pairs mentors and mentees. A few factors affect whether a mentee will be paired with their first or second choice, etc. For example, if multiple people rank a mentor as their first choice, then the timing of ranking submissions will affect who gets paired with the mentor. Also note that a mentor can decline a proposed mentee. In this case, the mentee is not notified about the mentor’s decision; instead the person is simply paired with another mentor.
Once you are paired, have a first meeting and get to know each other. The first session is crucial in establishing a healthy and effective mentoring relationship.
Conduct regular meetings – mentoring pairs who meet often fare best! It is recommended that you meet twice monthly over the four-month period (September – December 2020).
Provide feedback about the pilot! Participants will be asked to complete surveys about their experience. Interviews or focus groups may be held as well.
Although the Together team will try to ensure as many mentor-mentee pairings as possible, there is a chance that some participants may not be paired. This may occur due to an imbalance in mentor and mentee applicants or because there is no one available that meets specific preferences requested by a mentee or mentor.
Learn more about the pairing process: PAIRING PROCESS FLYER