King County Mentoring Program
The first step to join the King County Mentorship Program is to attend a Lunch and Learn (L&L) held once a month.
The L&L >provides an overview of the program and a brief description of the software used to contact and match mentors/mentees, Civicore. Once individuals attend this Lunch and Learn and receive instructions on how to apply for the program within Civicore, their application will be approved and the mentee can begin searching for a mentor.
Find an upcoming Lunch and Learn by searching the training calendar for "Mentoring." Search here now.
The second step is to attend a mentor and mentee orientation together.
During the orientation session, pairs get to know each other set goals, review the Individual Development Plan and discuss topics for their future mentoring sessions. The orientation includes logistics about the program and private time for mentors and mentees to connect and discuss their plans going forward.
The final step is to continue meeting as a mentor and mentee, committing to meet 1-2 hours a month for six months. Pairs will then check in with the program manager at the completion of the program.
Note: It is the mentee's responsibility to send meeting invites for mentoring sessions and provide an agenda for each meeting. Meeting times must be during regular business hours.
Here are some helpful resources to learn more about mentoring:
- 9 Powerful Practices of Really Great Mentors: How to Inspire and Motivate Anyone | Book/Audiobook
- Essential Mentoring Techniques: Mentoring Fundamentals | Course
- Essential Mentoring Techniques: Building and Maintaining Mentoring Relationships | Course
- Humble Inquiry | Book/Audiobook
- The Everything Coaching and Mentoring Book | Book
- Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Protégés Get the Most Out of Their Relationship | Book
These resources and other information regarding mentoring, coaching and similar topics is available online through the KC eLearning program. Login to learn more.
“I have had a number of mentors in my life who have provided me with professional guidance. It is my commitment to do what others have done for me, for someone else.”
- Hiedi, 2018 King County Mentorship Program participant
For more information contact KCMentoring@kingcounty.gov.