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Building collaborative and cross generational relationships between emerging environmental leaders and veteran conservationists.


Applications to join the CoalitionWILD Mentorship Programme are now open through May 30, 2020.
The CoalitionWILD Global Mentorship Programme provides sustained engagement, avenues to build confidence and capability, opportunities to learn from challenges and celebrate successes, and works to bridge the gap between generations. We’re looking to do more than just develop leadership skills in our mentees – this Mentorship Programme is about a collaborative and equal partnership between participants built on mutual trust and respect.
Participants in the Programme are not required to complete a project, task, or reports. Rather, we will encourage both the Mentor and Mentee to set personal and professional goals for their 12-month experience in the programme with their partner during their first two meetings. CoalitionWILD will place an emphasis on co-learning, co-creating, and co-mentoring throughout the programme, highlighting the importance of cross-generational interactions and conversations.  
The next Mentorship Cohort will run July 2020 through June 2021. Learn more about the program, eligibility, and read frequently asked questions below.

Programme expectations

Prior to submitting your application, please consider the following expectations for your involvement: 
1. A commitment to consistent meetings with your mentorship pair for a 12-month peiod. We suggest meeting two times per month for one hour per meeting, however the amount that you meet will be mutually agreed on by participant pairs. 
2. Reply to all correspondences and requests in a timely manner
3. Establish an agreement with your pair that outlines the terms of your relationship. A sample format will be provided.
4. Provide feedback on the program throughout the year.
5. Confidentiality between you and your pair. All exchanges – both personal and professional – are subject to the expectations of professional confidentiality. Although this confidentiality is limited, neither should discuss the contents of discussions without the permission of the other.


Mentors are considered anyone that holds at least 10 years of experience in a related environmental field or topic. 
Mentees must be 35 years of age or younger on 1 July 2020.  

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

An Equal Partnership

Young professionals gain access to the guidance, advice, and support they are searching for while giving seasoned conservationists the opportunity to guide and empower the next generation while gaining new insights and energy into their work.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: When does the next Mentorship Programme begin?
A: Applications for the 2020/2021 Programme are open May 1 – May 30. The Programme will run July 2020 – June 2021.


Q: What are the requirements to be a Mentor or Mentee?
A: To be a Mentor,  you must hold at least 10 years of experience in a related field. We welcome Mentors of any age or who are in any stage of their career (including retired, taking a break, or just starting something new). Mentees must be 35 years of age or younger by the official start of the Programme.
A major aspect of the Programme is also that the relationships aren’t one-way, that is “Mentor advising Mentee.” Rather, we work to make the relationships two-way, understanding that each of the participants has as much to teach as they do to learn. We encourage that pairs view their participation as a partnership, and for Mentors to allows themselves to seek advice, ask questions, and search for new perspectives, and for Mentees to share their understandings, their experiences, and their views.


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 partner?
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.). You may be paired with a partner that is located regionally close to you, and we encourage meeting in person or utilizing other opportunities to meet up (example: at conferences), however, CoalitionWILD is not coordinating in-person meet ups or gatherings at this time.


Q: Does this cost anything?
A: Nope! It only costs you your time and commitment. However, CoalitionWILD is a 501(c)3 and monetary support of this program allows us to grow, involve more participants, and increase our impact! If you’re interested in making a donation or sponsoring this work, contact Crista at


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 and sends monthly emails to support your involvement in the Programme, but all are voluntary. The more time you are able to invest into your mentorship partner, the richer your experience will be.  Based on past feedback, participants invested between 20-30 hours per year to their experience.


Q: How do you pair participants up?
A: We pair participants based on the answers in their application.We read each of the applications fully and thoroughly when they come in and we base our pairing off of who we feel fits the best both in professional focus, in language/region coordination, in expectations of the program, and with a bit of ‘gut feeling’ of who we think will interact well together. It’s amazing what you can discern from people from just a short answer to a handful of curate questions.


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.


Q: Would the program accept mentor-mentee pairs that have already self-matched?
A: We would not. Although we fully support people finding their own mentorship experiences, participants need to come into the Programme independently.


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