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Mayors and Council Members Department Announces New Mentorship Program

Applications due Aug. 3

July 8, 2015
This year marks the first for the newly created Mayors and Council Members Department mentor program.
Created by the department’s executive committee, the program provides an important resource — experienced elected officials to offer advice on the fast paced environment of city leadership.

Interested city officials must apply by Aug. 3. Mentor-mentee pairings will be made prior to the League’s Annual Conference in late September. This free program is only available to League members.
There is a growing interest among the membership for the department to offer a mentorship program. In the fast paced political arena, often mentoring becomes a priority that gets put on the back burner. Newly elected members stand to gain a tremendous amount from more seasoned members who can share their experiences and offer advice about how they have handled challenges in their tenure.
Mentors should have at least eight years of experience in elected office. Experience can be in a variety of areas including the planning commission and other boards or commissions. The Membership Committee encourages applicants to have achieved the Advanced Leadership level of the Mayors and Council Members Academy.
Mentees are typically members who have been elected within the last four years. Newly elected members will be given priority but any member interested in having a mentor can sign-up through the application process.
Time Commitment
The Mayors and Council Members Mentoring Program is designed for elected city officials to receive advice and counsel from one another. The mentoring experience is what the mentor and mentee make of it, but the following minimum participation from both individuals is encouraged:
  • Establish a timeline of monthly communication (i.e. email, phone calls or coordinating to meet during various League activities/meetings);
  • Agree to meet at the MCM Executive Forum, New MCM Academy or Annual Conference; and
  • Provide feedback to the Mentorship Committee via periodic emails and a year-end evaluation. 
Application Process
Applications are available on the League website or contact Sara Rounds to request a Mentor or Mentee application. Completed applications can be faxed to (916) 658-8240 or emailed.
Aug. 3 is the application deadline. For more information about the program, please contact Sara Rounds at (916) 658-8243.

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