Alumni Mentorship Program

Over the course of building their careers, alumni have developed a unique set of experiences and learnings. However, as time passes, alumni participate less and less with UNAVSA and its new generation of members, having to re-learn those same lessons. The Alumni Mentorship Program (AMP) seeks to engage alumni with high potential members to help develop the next generation of Vietnamese leaders and professionals through lived experiences in their career paths and with their involvements within the community.

Our vision is a mentorship program that creates a professional coaching relationship between the mentor and mentee demonstrating interest in pursuing a similar career path. Mentors will help createa  development path for the mentee, guiding them over one year, and mentees will provide a level of commitment to self-development. Each year culminates in a leadership summit where mentors discuss feedback and mentees present accomplishments through the experiential learning program.

 

Program Goals

 

Engage

  • Leverage experiences of Alumni Mentors in various industries for mentees
  • Provide opportunities to connect peers and colleagues for mentees
  • Facilitate opportunities for skills development associated with specific fields for mentees

 

Personalize

  • Enhance self-understanding of strengths and areas of growth as leaders and learners
  • Provide opportunities to gain awareness of values, interests, interpersonal skill development, and career specific skills through formal and informal experiential experiences

Develop

  • Facilitate exploration and empowerment among the multiple dimensions of identity
  • Raise self-awareness of being Vietnamese
  • Discuss practical ways to build coalitions within the Vietnamese communities and beyond
  • Develop personal mentoring philosophies and leadership development

 

Program Offerings

Personalized Coaching

Through an initial assessment of mentee’s and mentor’s specific and personal (1) goals and objectives, (2) strengths and (3) development areas, the ARC will be able to match mentorship relationship based of specific areas of needs of mentees and areas of expertise of mentors. Each monthly group webinar will consist of 1 formal and 1 informal session. After formal learning session, mentors are expected to develop appropriate and specific learning opportunity connected with topic to career field related experience for mentee. Curriculum will be provided to mentors prior to facilitation.

Group Workshops

Through the AMP Group Workshop curriculum, the mentees will have exposure towards personal development within professional, social, and individual realms of experiences and identities. Group workshops are required for mentees. AMP Group Workshops will be hosted (*once / twice a month*) through webinars in facilitating trainings and discussions. Suggested topics include:

Professional
Career Academics Leadership
Resume building Studying Defining leadership
Career fair etiquette Research How to Lead
Email etiquette Organizations Opportunities to Lead
Interviewing skills Professors Interpersonal skills
Social
Co-Curricular Activities Socializing Social Justice
What organizations to join Dating Social justice 101
How to create transferrable experiences Genuine friendships Advocacy
How to get active Social networks Solidarity
How to be “involved” after higher education Social media Intersecting identities
Individual
Identity My Major Health
What is an identity Switching majors Physical health
Social identity wheel Course selections Mental health
Story maps Research Sleeping habits
Who am I Meetings with advisors Introspection

MENTOR SELECTION

All AMP Mentor applicants MUST be a registered UNAVSA Alumni in order to be eligible to become a mentor.

Requirements

  • Registered as an official UNAVSA Alumni
  • Completed application
    • Must provide resume
    • Short answers to why become a mentor, what can you provide for mentee, how to hold accountability for self and mentee
  • Depending on field of expertise, at least 1 year of work experience in current field
  • Interview with ARC
    • Shortlisted applicants will have to schedule interview with ARC member to provide better pairing through interpersonal dialogue.

MENTEE SELECTION

AMP is open for all interested mentee applicants who are currently in higher education from first year students to young alumni/new professionals. 

Requirements

  • Between the ages of 17 and 23, inclusive
  • Completed application
    • Must provide resume
    • Short answers to why do you want to become a mentee, what are your expectations for the program, what are your learning outcomes and  goals, how to hold accountability for self and mentor
  • Interview with ARC
    • Shortlisted applicants will have to schedule interview with ARC member to provide better pairing through interpersonal dialogue.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Alumni Mentorship Program are now closed!

Please reach out to alumni.relations@unavsa.org with any questions. We look forward to reading your application!