About ACP's Nationwide Mentoring Program
ACP’s Mentoring Program connects veteran Protégés with corporate Mentors for yearlong mentorships. Paired based on their career objectives and professional experience, Mentors and Protégés define the goals of their mentorship together. ACP is not a formal hiring program – instead, ACP is focused on preparing a veteran for a fulfilling new career in the private sector. Typical mentorship topics range from résumé review and interview techniques to career exploration and small business development.
Protégés have served since September 11, 2001 and come from diverse military backgrounds, representing various ages, education levels, ranks and branches of the military, and all 50 states. Veterans may still be serving on active duty and planning for an upcoming transition or military retirement, recently separated and in the midst of their transition, or may have already separated several years ago but feel stagnant in their career. Some Protégés are in school or are considering further education, others are job searching to begin their first civilian career, and many already have a job, but are exploring different career options.
Mentors are professionals employed by one of ACP's Participating Institutions, and represent a wide variety of ages, education levels, geographies, and professional expertise. They come from diverse fields such as defense, education, finance, healthcare, insurance, information technology, logistics, manufacturing, marketing and project management. Approximately one-third of ACP Mentors are former military themselves.
Over the course of the mentorship, participants are required to connect a minimum of once per month for a significant conversation around the veteran's goals. Pairs may choose to interact more frequently if they would like.
Meetings are conducted primarily by phone or videoconference, with supplemental e-mails as needed. If paired within close geographic proximity, Mentors and Protégés may also meet in-person. In addition to their one-on-one meetings, Mentors may arrange for colleagues to meet with their Protégés in order to expand the veterans’ professional network.
ACP’s staff works to pair Protégés with Mentors who have expertise in their fields of interest. ACP will also consider other factors such as age, level of experience, gender, location, and any additional preferences that participants may have.
Each mentorship will be assigned a dedicated ACP staff member, who will check in bi-monthly to learn more about what the pair is working on and offer tailored resources and suggestions to enhance the dialogue. ACP asks that Mentors and Protégés respond to their ACP staff member's correspondence promptly so that we can provide the best support possible.
- ACP's Mentoring Program is open to all currently serving and recently separated veterans (including members of the Reserve and National Guard) who have served on active duty for at least 180 days since September 11, 2001.
- ACP's Mentoring Program is also open to surviving spouses and spouses of severely wounded post-9/11 veterans.
- ACP accepts applications from those service members who served less than 180 days of active duty since 9/11, but who were injured while serving or training.
For exceptions to this policy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with an explanation of your circumstances, and ACP staff will consider your request.
- Individuals employed by our Participating Institutions are eligible to apply to be ACP Mentors.
- The ideal Mentor will have a minimum of eight years of professional experience and is at least 35 years old.
- If you are not eligible to be a Mentor in ACP's Mentoring Program, please sign up to be an Advisor on ACP AdvisorNet in order to assist the thousands of veterans looking for career advice on the site.
For further information, please contact ACP at email@example.com.
For further information on ACP's Mentoring Program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.