New beginnings are oftentimes associated with the coming of spring. What better time to embark upon a new challenge such as the NCBC’s mentorship program? Whether you’re interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, the program is beneficial for both participants. The mentee is afforded an opportunity to discuss goals and aspirations, solicit guidance and feedback. The program provides them with an objective listener who desires to aid in their professional development. The mentor’s coaching and listening skills are enhanced throughout the process and they’re provided insight relating to staff views and ideas. It’s an avenue for a positive exchange of ideas between both parties, as well as a learning opportunity for both, and offers a safe and healthy environment to discuss court practices and procedures. The program encourages professionalism, confidentiality and a mutual respect is built between both the mentee and mentor.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I volunteered but I quickly realized the program was outstanding! As a participant, you meet with a partner via telephone on a consistent basis. In our situation, we were also able to meet face-to-face at the NCBC’s conference in Atlanta last year after we’d corresponded for several months. We attended some of the same sessions and afterwards, discussed the experience and how we both could expand upon the knowledge gained.
The program is designed to last for six months; however, I anticipate our relationship will continue to thrive. In addition to the professional relationship we’ve gained, a personal bond has been forged as well. I would highly recommend the program to anyone interested in developing a relationship with someone from another court and having an additional resource in which to share ideas, knowledge and support. It’s a great opportunity to network!
Upon receipt of applications, the NCBC Mentoring Advisory Committee reviews them in order to match both the mentor and mentee, based on career background, experience, goals and interests. Both participants are contacted and then their meetings begin. That’s it! If you choose to participate in the program you’ll be glad you did, and will gain an experience that will last a lifetime. It’s a win/win situation for both parties so “spring” into action, get out of your comfort zone and follow the link below for more exciting details!