THE GMI MENTORSHIP MODEL
“It’s so important to enable the younger generation with tools and skills to enter the workforce and learn from the experiences of others. GMI has a great method for this that makes it easy.” – Sara Nagy, Microsoft
“My mentor made me feel like I could achieve my dreams regardless of the challenges I face due to my refugee status.” – Refugee Student, Tripoli, Lebanon
- GMI partners with colleges and universities to identify students for the mentorship program.
- Students are matched with mentors using an algorithm to help ensure a good connection.
- GMI partners with companies to supply mentors who want to share their experience.
- Sponsors may partially fund the mentorship model.
- Mentors are screened and interviewed to ensure the best match with students.
- Mentors receive on-demand training on how to be a great coach to students.
- Mentors guide their students through the mentorship program by teleconference.
- 14 mentorship sessions once a week or every two weeks.
- Students are more competitive job candidates because of this training.
- Students are interviewed by local and international companies for jobs.
THE GMI MENTORSHIP TRACK
GMI mentors follow a unique, 14-session program designed to ensure students receive a consistent mentoring experience. However, we encourage any type of discussion the students need in order to help them advance. Each session includes a detailed guide, templates, and worksheets to supplement the student’s learning experience.
GMI COLLEGE PARTNERS
Mentor a Graduating Refugee to Help Them Find Work
GMI has a special partnership with Southern New Hampshire University to provide mentors for students living in refugee camps across Africa and Lebanon. GMI helps prepare these students for jobs and can be the first step to a better life for their families.
Refugee Camp Locations
- Lebanon: Tripoli and Bekaa Valley Camps
- Kenya: Kakuma and Nairobi Camps
- Rwanda: Kigali and Kiziba Camps
- Malawi: Dzaleka Camp
- South Africa: hosted students in Cape Town
Share Your Experience – be a Mentor!
Being a GMI mentor doesn’t require a significant time commitment and you can make a real difference for a young person who is just getting started. GMI mentors meet with their students via teleconference on a regular schedule for 14 one-hour sessions. Mentors encourage open discussion with their students to help them get the most from the program and share their own experiences with career exploration, job searching, and professional development.
“The GMI program is extremely well prepared. It makes my work as a mentor very easy.”
Why You Should be a Mentor
When you’re a mentor, you learn along with your student. GMI job skills can be used throughout a career and they are designed to create new opportunities.
GMI mentors help build a student’s self-confidence, and help them see a career path they didn’t know was possible.
The GMI mentorship program is also a valuable cultural and educational experience for mentors to learn and grow professionally and personally. As a mentor, you expand your ability to train and lead others, increase your cultural competency through conversation with a student from a different culture, increase your ability to form professional relationships with international colleagues and companies, and overall feel a sense of accomplishment after completing the program.
How to Get Started
The most important qualification to be a mentor is the desire to share what you have learned and give an opportunity to a young person who is just starting out.
GMI provides everything you need to guide your student. You don’t need to be an expert, just follow the GMI Mentor Guide and add your own personal experience.
Mentor candidates apply online, watch a 30-minute online orientation, and complete a background check independently conducted through Sterling Volunteers.
Mentor candidates should be at least 25 years old and have a BA/BS in their chosen field.
Mentors can be sponsored through a business, an industry association, or apply independently. There is no cost to be a GMI Mentor except to pay for the background check.
FAQs ABOUT GLOBAL MENTORSHIP INITIATIVE
What are the requirements to be a mentor?
The primary requirement is a desire to share knowledge and experience with a student who is ready to enter the business world.
Mentor candidates are screened and interviewed to ensure the match will be a good fit. Mentors receive training on the GMI mentorship program, so they know exactly how to help their students.
- Mentor candidates should be at least 25 years old and have a BA/BS in their chosen field.
- Complete a criminal background check independently conducted through Sterling Volunteers.
Mentors guide their students through the mentorship program via remote teleconference. The mentor and the student meet on a regular schedule for 14 one-hour sessions.
How difficult is it to be a mentor? What is the time commitment?
You can do this! You don’t need to be an expert, just follow the GMI Mentor Guide and add your own personal experience. Mentors often learn a lot from the GMI program.
Your commitment as a mentor:
- Participate in a 30-minute on demand mentor orientation.
- Complete 14 one-hour mentoring sessions weekly or bi-weekly.
How do I sign-up to be a mentor?
How are students selected for mentorship?
GMI partners with universities and associations to identify underserved students who are eager to start their careers. Students attend a pre-mentorship orientation and will establish their LinkedIn profiles before the mentorship begins.
Once I am matched with a student, what happens next?
GMI will provide instructions for how to engage with your student. Introduce yourself following notification of a match and agree on when to meet for your first session. GMI provides email templates to communicate with your student to reduce your time commitment.
How can my company participate in the GMI program?
GMI partners with companies to identify experienced business professionals who are ready to share their knowledge. Our primary need is mentors. Companies may also sponsor a group of mentorships and can display the GMI logo in their social responsibility presentations. To learn more about corporate sponsorship contact: email@example.com
What are the benefits to a company that participates in the GMI program?
- Partnering with GMI can provide cost-effective, prequalified candidates for employment.
- Early access to mentored students before they graduate.
- Shortens the time to full productivity for newly hired employees.
- Promotes diversity in the organization.
- Increased employee purpose and skills development for mentors.
- Contributes to social responsibility commitments (United Nations SDGs 4,5,8, and 10).
How do students benefit from a GMI mentorship?
Mentors follow a specific program track to ensure students receive the full benefit of mentorship. Mentored students are more competitive job candidates because of the GMI program and are often selected for interviews by GMI business partners. Mentors may also introduce students to job opportunities, but this is not a requirement.
What resources are available to mentors?
GMI provides everything you need to guide your student.
You don’t need to be an expert, just follow the Mentor Guide and add your own personal experience.
Mentorship resources include:
- The GMI Mentor Guide
- Training on how to be a great mentor
- Email templates for communicating with your student every week
- All materials the student uses during the mentorship
What will students learn during the mentorship?
70% of the mentorship is focused on helping a student prepare to get their first career job. 30% is dedicated to helping them excel in their first job and understanding how to thrive in the business world.
- Establishing a professional business network using LinkedIn and creating a unique personal brand to attract job recruiters.
- Creating a career plan and setting measurable goals.
- Developing specific soft skills to excel in business.
- Effective communications when working in a global business environment.
- Creating a resume/CV that gets noticed using keywords.
- How to find the right job.
- Communication templates and guides for conducting a job search.
- Mastering the job interview process.
- How companies evaluate their employees and how to distinguish yourself on the job.
What resources are available to students?
Students are provided with study materials for each session to help them learn and adopt GMI business tools. Over 50 guides and templates are available to students. This includes advanced LinkedIn training to help them build their business network and 10 templates for how to make LinkedIn business connections.
What are the goals of the GMI mentorship program?
- Helping mentees find and prepare for a career job.
- A developed career plan for every mentored graduate.
- At least 5 job interviews lined up before graduating for every student.
- At least 200 professional business contacts for every student.
- Develop a global business network to support mentored students.
- Provide GMI business partners with qualified, pre-screened candidates.
- Make a positive impact in communities around the world through mentorship.