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Description of Mentors

Description of what Futurpreneur Canada mentors are and what the role entails.

The Mentor Role

Mentors are actively recruited by Futurpreneur Canada from the local communities it supports. Prospective mentors are interviewed against the high standards we hold for our volunteer mentors. The expectations are defined in the Mentor Job Description below:

Objective:
To provide support and guidance to a young entrepreneur assigned by Futurpreneur Canada to successfully establish and sustain his/her new business start-up.
Anticipated time contribution:
4-5 hours per month
Anticipated length of commitment:
Ideally 2 years, however re-match possible if required for replacement
Key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Participate in joint online orientation session (90 minutes to complete) with young entrepreneur to establish and launch the mentoring relationship
  • Meet regularly in person with young entrepreneur to discuss business progress
  • Work with the young entrepreneur to identify and reflect on specific goals and actions needed in order to successfully run a business
  • Help the young entrepreneur to identify other sources of support as appropriate
  • Provide encouragement to sustain the young entrepreneur’s motivation
  • Recognize and celebrate progress as it is made
  • Submit quarterly reports to Futurpreneur Canada (10 minutes to complete) regarding the status of the relationship and business progress
  • Understand and adhere to policies and procedures of Futurpreneur Canada

Desired attributes:

  • Commitment to the mandate and values of Futurpreneur Canada to help youth to help themselves
  • Adept at relating to and empathizing with young people and their aspirations
  • Capable of developing the skills of young entrepreneurs to make strategic business decisions for themselves
  • Ability to maintain appropriate boundaries while providing valuable guidance during business start-up
  • Skilled at providing positive and constructive feedback and challenging assumptions as required
  • Accessible, reliable and able to meet commitments
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills

Please note, Futurpreneur Canada entrepreneurs cannot be matched with a mentor who is a family member.