Mentorship Program

Benefits of a Mentor Program

A successful mentor program provides opportunities for students to...

  • Explore the world of work through interaction with professionals in an area that interests them.

  • Gain an experienced business owner's perspective on applying textbook concepts to real-life situations.

  • Familiarize themselves with corporate protocol.

  • Identify long-term professional development needs.

  • Realize the value of networking.

  • Develop a meaningful professional relationship over a specified period of time.

A mentor program benefits professionals by allowing them to....

  • Contribute to the professional development of the future workforce.

  • Identify potential interns and new hires for their organization.

  • Assist students in beginning successful careers.

  • Give something back to the profession & community.


Student Eligibility

  • Must be a full- or part-time student in good standing

  • Must fulfill SBL student membership requirements

  • Must fill out a mentorship application


Business Owner Eligibility

  • Must be an SBL business member in good standing

  • Must be a current business owner or employee in the Seymour school district

  • Must be willing to commit to the mentor program for a specified period of time


Activities and Guidelines

  • Mentors & proteges will meet at a program orientation hosted by the SBL.

  • Mentors must communicate with proteges at least once every two weeks throughout the duration of the program.

  • Mentors and proteges must complete at least two of the suggested activities and attend quarterly check-ins. (see Suggested Activities list at the end of this document.)


Evaluating the Success of the Program

  • At quarterly check-in meetings, discuss ways to improve the program.

  • Have all participants complete a program evaluation form at the end of the program including a written summary of their mentor experience.

  • Use the information obtained through these meetings and evaluations to assist current participants in achieving their goals for the program and to improve the mentor program for future mentors and protégés.


Suggested Mentor/Protégé Activities

  • Lunch with mentor, protégé, and other employees to discuss everyday challenges they encounter in their work.

  • Mentor and protégé discuss proper business, telephone, email, and social media etiquette and corporate protocol.

  • Protégé attends a company staff meeting.

  • Protégé observes the development of a special project such as a vendor event, new product launch, or store-wide sale.

  • Mentor reviews protégé's resume and offers suggestions for improvement.

  • Protégé observes a day-in-the-life of the mentor.


I'm Lisa Rickert, the Student Mentorship Chair. 

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