Why should a corporate professional volunteer to be a Mentor?
ACP's Mentoring Program provides corporate professionals an opportunity to give back while gaining a deeper understanding of issues facing the veteran and military spouse community. Contributing to the ongoing success and career development of a former or current service member or active duty military spouse through enhanced leadership, teaching and coaching offers fulfillment of one's patriotic duty by helping those who have served our country.
What does ACP expect from a Mentor?
A Mentor's role can vary widely, depending on the particular circumstances of both the Mentor and Protégé. ACP encourages Mentors to be flexible when understanding the expectations and goals of their Protégé. We ask Mentors to take responsibility for facilitating the mentorship, especially during the first quarter, and to establish open communication early on.
Mentors can help Protégés identify their professional goals and provide feedback for improvement and encouragement. It is important to explain how corporate America functions, share critical knowledge and identify relevant resources. Please refer to the Mentor Resources section of our website for more mentoring tips.
Does ACP provide training or assistance during the mentorship?
Before beginning a mentorship, ACP encourages participants to read the Mentoring Handbook and browse our Resource section to learn about how to build a successful mentorship. Each mentorship will be in contact with their own ACP Operations Associate (facilitator) to provide ongoing assistance and feedback throughout the year. ACP continuously offers tips and tools, including the Quarterly Activities page, to help establish a strong mentorship foundation and encourage continued growth. Additionally, ACP staff facilitates orientation calls for new Mentors roughly once a quarter.