Mentor Program

OVERVIEW

The Alliance of Women Coaches is the premier organization dedicated to leading the field of women coaches at all levels, by providing support, resources, and unparalleled events and programs. Extensive research shows that mentoring programs have a positive impact on participants if the pairing is made intentionally. In a traditional 1-on-1 mentoring relationship, one person serves as the mentor, while the other person serves as the mentee. In an effort to retain women in coaching, we have created a middle level (silver) mentor/mentee. Coaches that have coached for 7-10 years are at a pivotal point in their career and statistically leave the profession at the highest rate. This development opportunity seeks to provide connections, networking and learning across sports. We remain committed to keeping women in coaching while fostering growth for coaches at all experience levels.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Alliance of Women Coaches has launched a first-ever mentor program. The program will offer individuals the opportunity to partner with our community of women coaches. We are limited in size for the first year pilot program, but plan to expand in the future based on our feedback. Our mentorship model will feature three levels of mentors and mentees: gold mentor, silver mentor/mentee and bronze mentee. The pilot program will begin with an application process to select 48 women. They will then be matched to two other members to form 16 mentoring trios.

Participants in the mentor program can expect to:

  • Experience enhanced job satisfaction.
  • Develop better critical thinking skills by addressing challenges at all levels.
  • Grow their professional network across various sports and levels.
  • Be exposed to new and relevant ideas as well as reinforce successful, current practices.
  • Share leadership and management methods with both gold and bronze group members.
  • Empower future generations of coaches by creating a culture of empathy, positivity, and respect.
  • Share the importance of networking and mentoring as a channel for professional advancement.
  • Be the catalyst for advancing the mission and values of the Alliance of Women Coaches; generating collaborative and inclusive culture amongst members.

MENTOR PROGRAM TIMELINE

The application period for the 2017-18 Mentor Program is now closed
  • July 24: Applications open for Mentor Program
  • August 11: Application Deadline
  • August 21: Participants will be informed of their selection
  • August 25: Group selections announced
  • August 28: Gold Mentors will reach out to their groups
  • Week of September 4: All level mentors and mentees will participate in mentor training calls

MENTOR/MENTEE ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

GOLD MENTOR ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

To apply to serve as a gold level mentor, members must:

  • Be an active member (or become a member) of the Alliance of Women Coaches;
  • Have a minimum of ten (10) years of coaching experience, with at least five (5) years as a head coach;
  • Participate in a mentor-training conference call;
  • Agree to a 9-month commitment to the program;
  • Commit to meeting virtually or via phone at a minimum of four times per semester with group members;
  • Be willing to provide support and communicate with group members between sessions; and
  • Complete a career growth worksheet for the Alliance of Women Coaches upon completion of the program.

SILVER MENTOR/MENTEE ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

To apply to serve as a silver level mentor/mentee, members must:

  • Be an active member (or become a member) of the Alliance of Women Coaches;
  • Have more than five (5) but less than ten (10) years of coaching experience (head, associate or assistant);
  • Participate in a mentor-training conference call;
  • Agree to a 9-month commitment to the program;
  • Commit to meeting virtually or via phone at a minimum of four times per semester with group members;
  • Be willing to provide support and communicate with group members between sessions;
  • Serve as the liaison between gold and bronze mentor group members by planning, participating in and facilitating group communications; and
  • Complete a career growth worksheet for the Alliance of Women Coaches upon completion of the program.

BRONZE MENTEE ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

To apply to serve as a bronze level mentee, members must:

  • Be an active member (or become a member) of the Alliance of Women Coaches;
  • Have less than five (5) years of experience cumulative as a head, associate or assistant coach;
  • Complete a mentor application by August 11, 2017;
  • Participate in a mentee-training conference call;
  • Agree to a 9-month commitment to the mentor program;
  • Commit to meeting virtually or via phone at a minimum of four times per semester with group members;
  • Be willing to provide support and communicate with group members between sessions; and
  • Complete a career growth worksheet for the Alliance of Women Coaches upon completion of the program.