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Mentorship

The CoalitionWILD Global Mentorship Programme, in partnership with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, is building collaborative and cross generational relationships between emerging conservation leaders and veterans in the field. 

The Global Mentorship Programme offers young professionals access to the guidance, advice, and support they are searching for while giving seasoned conservationists the opportunity to guide and empower the next generation and gain new insights and energy into their work.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019 GLOBAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME ARE NOW OPEN. 
APPLY TO BE A MENTOR OR MENTEE BY 15 JANUARY 2019. 

“The conservation community has a responsibility to help youth by inspiring those who have yet to care for nature, empowering young professionals already inspired to develop their capacities and networks, and by lending our time and experience as mentors — recognizing that youth have as much to teach as they have to learn.”

                                                                                                                                              – 2016 IUCN Congress Navigating Island Earth: The Hawaiʻi Commitments

Global

Participants represented 13 countries, and 91% felt as though their mentorship match was excellent.
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Intergenerational

Core to the program is encouraging dynamic dialogue surrounding intergenerational knowledge sharing.

On-Going

This program builds a foundation for on-going support between pairs and participants even after the program ends.

2017 Mentee Matt Williams, United Kingdom, shares his experience of the CoalitionWILD Mentorship Programme.

“This program is an example of how we can address the challenges ecosystems face around the world at this time of growth and climate change, actively engaging young people to carry this work forward.”

Sally Jewell
Former secretary of the interior
united states department of interior

“Our partnership helps leverage the strength of both the Interior and CoalitionWILD to share knowledge, empower young people, and develop stronger conservation strategies for the future.”

24

MENTORSHIP PARTICIPANTS SINCE 2017

6

CAREER CHANGES OR ADVANCEMENTS BY MENTEES WITH SUPPORT OF THEIR MENTORS.

675+

HOURS OF MENTORING TAKEN PLACE SINCE 2017.


“Just having someone to lean on for support is huge. I feel more confident in the field and facing certain obstacles in management and communication that my mentor has empowered me to overcome.”

jordi van oort
2017 Mentee
Apply to the CoalitionWILD Global Mentorship Programme by 15 January 2019.

You must be under 35 years old on 15 February 2019 to be considered a ‘mentee.’
‘Mentors’ can be any age but must possess 10 years of experience in a related field.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How long does the programme run for?

A: The programme runs for 12-months, but mentorship relationships can (and often do) continue on after the formal programme is completed. 

 

Q: How is the programme delivered? Will I be meeting my counterpart in person? How will I talk with my pair?

A: The CoalitionWILD Global Mentorship Programme is a virtual experience. At the start of the programme, you will discuss with your counterpart the best way to communicate (phone call, text, WhatsApp, Skype, etc.). Sometimes, pairs will be based regionally and close enough to each other that they will be able to meet in person and we encourage any opportunity for pairs to meet up. 

 

Q: Does this cost anything?

A: Nope! It only costs you your time and commitment. 

 

Q: How much of a time commitment will this be? 

A: There are no requirements for how much time you commit to this program, but we suggest meeting with your counterpart at least 1 hour every other week (2 hours per month). CoalitionWILD will offer group calls and webinars throughout the programme that are 1 hour long, but all are voluntary. The more time you are able to invest into the programme and your mentorship partner, the richer your experience will be.  Based on past feedback, participants invested between 15-20 hours per year to the programme. 

 

Q: How do you pair participants up?

A: We pair participants based on the answers in their application. These include but aren’t limited to: Area of interest/work, language, region, and what the participant looks to gain from the programme and what a participant feels they are able to offer the programme.

 

Q: What if I don’t feel like the person I am paired up with is a good fit or I am having an issue with my pair?

A: If you don’t feel like you were matched well, or you are having difficulty with your pair, contact CoalitionWILD organizers as soon as possible and we will step in to rectify the situation. 

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