ODU CIVIC SCHOLARS

MENTOR LINK

BRIDGING INTERGENERATIONAL GAPS TO IMPROVE LIFE IN HAMPTON ROADS

The CIVIC Scholars Program believe Hampton Roads in strongest when all generations are well connected and given opportunity to learn from each other.

That’s why Mentor Link is an integral part of the CIVIC Scholars Programs!

Through Mentor Link, the CIVIC Scholars Program facilitates engaging connections between Scholars and executive-level leaders. mentors and Mentees discuss career questions, community involvement, professionalism, and more.

What is Mentor Link?

  • Through Mentor Link CIVIC Scholars of Junior and Senior standing are paired with an executive mentor based on the student’s academic and career goals.
  • It seeks to connect CIVIC Scholars with a reliable business/community leader who will offer their scholar career guidance and strengthen their post-graduation network.
  • We recommend a time commitment of at least 4 hours from January to May 2018, which includes a minimum of 2 separate meetings and attendance at the CIVIC Scholars Mentor Night on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 at the ODU Gordon Art Gallery.
  • Mentor Link focuses on three main goals:
    • Assisting with the student’s career development
    • Encouraging civic engagement
    • Providing cross-generational support

How do Mentors help their CIVIC Scholar mentee?

  • Career guidance: “I’m thinking about this career and am considering my next steps. What do you think?
  • Civic engagement advice: “I want to do more for my community. How did you get more involved?”
  • Professionalism answers: “How can I manage my email inbox better” “When should I follow up with someone?” “What are some big red flags in the workplace?”
  • Social support: “I’m in a new leadership position and feel unprepared – have you ever felt this way? How did you handle the situation?”