We facilitate connections and support healthy mentoring relationships by matching Bridges’ students, graduates, or other eligible women from the community as Career Mentees with working women as volunteer Career Mentors – Classes are ongoing
Mentoring is flexible, well-suited to busy women with a lot on the go, and provides valuable learning opportunities for everyone involved!
What to Expect
- regular check-ins
- clear communication about program standards
- 10 hours of training* throughout the match
- monthly, advanced training opportunities
*Training generally takes place in the evenings and on weekends, in order to accommodate our participants’ schedules.
Career mentors are expected to support Mentees while they work towards their career or educational goals, introduce them to professional networks, share feedback and provide encouragement as they practice their employability skills. If being a mentor is of interest to you, please visit our volunteer page and click, become a career mentor. All new applicants will be asked to complete a personal interview.
Career mentees are asked to commit to a 9-month match, and should plan to connect with their mentor for 5 – 6 hours each month. All new applicants will be asked to complete a personal interview, please call Kirsten at 250-385-7410.
- Not currently receiving Employment Insurance Benefits, and have not received EI in the past 3 years for a regular claim, or 5 years for a maternity or parental claim
- Unemployed or underemployed and lacking high school diploma and/or post-secondary certification
Meet Nancy Murphy, a graduate from the 2012 Bridges Program – she found support through her mentor and broke through psychological boundaries to recognize her artistic gifts and strengths. Read her full story by clicking Nancy’s Story.
For more information about Career Mentoring, applications and eligibility, contact:
Kirsten at 250-385-7410.