Public Research and Evaluation Services (PRES)
I have been integrally involved in the development of a successful mentoring program designed to build the capacity of minority leaders in child welfare. Thirty-two protégés from around the country were mentored in this initiative and most experienced career growth. Additionally, I provided mentorship formally and informally for several years to individuals interested in building consulting firms and in becoming program evaluation consultants. I have also been mentored as a researcher and in my efforts to build my skills as an entrepreneur. Through my numerous experiences, I know the value of the mentoring relationship, both for the mentor and the protégé.
In order for mentoring to be successful, I believe it needs to be structured and based on goals and objectives with timelines. That allows for purposeful interactions directed toward goal attainment. I also believe it should include regularly scheduled interactions so as to ensure attainment of goals. That does not imply that it be devoid of fun. I try to make sure that I am a listening ear, a life-long learner (I always learn in these relationships too) and that humor is used to lighten the load of trying to do the hard work required to make positive changes in our society today.