How is W2WM, Inc. handling programming and mentor matching during COVID-19?
By staying home! Our office staff conducts interviews, workshops, check ins, and all communications from the comfort of their homes so that we and you stay safe. For our interviews and workshops, we use Zoom video conferencing. We all wear headsets so that your personal information and identity is not compromised.
Is there a fee to participate?
There is no cost to participate in the Women in STEM Program nor the CORE Program. Mentoring Circles does have a fee that varies, which covers the cost of the cohort and helps us fund the other two no cost programs.
How much time should I expect to commit?
Generally speaking, you should expect to spend a total of 4-6 hours per month one-on-one with your mentor/ mentee and in workshops with a cohort of other mentees and mentors. Workshops occur every 3-4 weeks over a period of 6-8 months. You will meet with your mentee/ mentor in between the workshops.
Does my relationship with my mentee/ mentor end when the official program is over?
A relationship, even a mentoring, one is a two-way street. You are welcome to continue your relationship after the end of the program, but that is up to the two of you to decide when the program comes to a close. Many mentees choose to continue their relationship with their assigned mentor. Many mentees also find the value in seeking out other mentors for themselves in addition to their assigned mentor or after they have moved on from that relationship. Its totally up to you.
Do I really need to attend the workshops?
Yes! Even if the information is a review to you, the discussions and networking are very valuable. Plus, you never know what nuggets of information you’re going to miss out on by not participating in workshops, so yes, attend!
When are workshops?
Workshops typically take place in the evenings on Tuesdays or Wednesdays for the CORE Program, on Tuesday/Thursday evenings or Friday afternoons around lunchtime.
The Women in STEM Program workshops typically occur on Tuesday evening, Thursday evening, or around lunchtime on Fridays.
Mentoring Circles take place in the evenings or during weekends.
What are cohorts and why do they matter?
A cohort (or class) is made up of mentoring pairs (mentees and mentors), who stick together for the duration of the program and attend workshops together. We have found that peer mentoring (in groups) is also highly effective, especially when paired with one-on-one mentoring. Our mentoring community is very supportive and robust. So if you are looking for someone with certain experience, then let us know. We will help you get connected.
When do the cohorts begin?
Typically, cohorts begin in the months of January, April, and September for the CORE Program.
For the Women in STEM Program, cohorts begin in October and they continue through the collegiate academic year and take a pause over the winter break.
Mentoring Circles occur throughout the year at different times and tend to start when there is particular interest in a specific topic.
Sign me up! How do I get started?
Complete an application. When your application is complete, you will receive an email about scheduling your interview. Schedule the interview using the link provided in the email. Your interview will be via video chat with Program Manager, Amy Savitt. After your interview, you will be asked to complete a brief personal statement and sign the program agreements. All of these pieces are what we use to determine who your mentor or mentee will be, so please answer honestly. We are not here to be impressed, we are here to help you take action, move forward, and grow without limits and we do that by being open and honest with each other.