AHEPPP Mentorship Program

As a valued member of AHEPPP, you know community is the defining feature of our association. We think it is key to your success as a professional to continue the dialogue among colleagues throughout the year. That is why our mentor program is a specialized resource meant to enhance your membership experience by providing personal and professional support. We invite you to participate in this initiative as an added dimension to your professional development.

Expectations

This mentorship program is a one-year commitment, beginning each new year in January. It is our hope that you will find value in a monthly dialogue to enhance your growth as a professional and the important work you do each day as parent and family professional. 

 

As a mentor you...

  • Have at least 5 years of experience in the field of Parent/Family relations
  • Make monthly contact with your mentee. This can be in the form of phone calls, email, or other outreach
  • Share articles, books, and other publications that may be of interest for your mentee
  • Share relevant resources and conferences that may be of interest
  • Meet at the 2017 AHEPPP National Conference (if applicable)

As a mentee you...

  • Are open to learning and exploring new ideas
  • Take initiative to develop a professional relationship with your mentor
  • Commit to monthly communication with your mentor
  • Ask questions, engage and take ownership of your professional development 

In this flexible program, you will be provided monthly discussion themes to use as a starting point for your conversations. It is likely that you may also discover other topics of interest related to your work. AHEPPP creates the match; you develop the relationship and structure of your work together.

2018 Mentor Discussion Themes

Month

First Year Pairing Themes

Second Year Pairing Themes

January

Introductions: backgrounds, outcomes of participation, establish “meeting” schedule

Establishing/Resetting Mentoring goals for year 2

February

Personal & Professional Goals

Accomplishments and Challenges from 2017; Developing a plan to address those in 2018

March

Preparing for Publications (newsletters, guide, orientation materials)

Developing strong campus partnerships

April

Utilizing students (i.e. work study, leadership positions, programming, ambassadors)

Advocacy: How are you aligning your department and/program on your campus to advocate for families?

May

Key Messages for Families at Orientation

Key Messages for Families at Orientation

June

Planning for Fall Move In and Family Weekend

Student Success & Retention: The role of families in achieving this goal

July

Budget and Program Planning for the new academic year

Professional Development Plans; Goal Check-In

August

Professional Insights: What are you looking forward to? Where do you see opportunities in your program? How can your mentor support and encourage you?

Campus Culture & Communication with Families (i.e. FERPA, Title IX, Crisis, Protocols, Fundraising, etc.)

September

Parent Volunteers: Opportunities, Establishing roles, Communication and Expectations

Utilizing Technology: resources and trends on your campus

October

Program Pride Points: What is working well on your campus? (social media, technology, programming, collaborative efforts, etc.)

Parent & Family CAS: How will your program measure up in a review of the standards? What are your strengths and opportunities?

November

AHEPPP Conference Preparation: what to know, planning your trip.

Plan to meet at the conference

AHEPPP Conference Participation: Plan to meet up at the conference

December

Review of Assessment Data (programs, needs, etc.)

Best book of 2018 - what did you read that you could recommend to a colleague?

Please click here for the 2018 application. 

If you have questions about the mentorship program, please contact Lindsay McKinney at lindsay@aheppp.org