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Mentor Registration

Being a Mentor Is Fun!

Our mentorship program has two opportunities for involvement

JVC Northwest works to match any current JVs with an FJV or JVE member who can provide additional support through the JV/AmeriCorps member’s service year. We offer intentional matching for underrepresented communities in the following areas: 

JVs who identity as: 

  • BIPOC 
  • LGBTQIA2S+
  • Living with a disability

We also offer formal mentorship for JVs who need:

  • Extra support managing mental health stressors
  • Extra support navigating their spiritual journey

Incoming JVs will participate in summer Pre-Orientation sessions, which will help them get more connected to fellow JVs and prepare for a successful year of service. As part of Pre-Orientation, we are hosting online Identity Meetups for JVs who identify as BIPOC (Black, indigenous, person of color), LGBTQIA2S+, and living with a disability.

We are now seeking FJVs or JV EnCorps members who also share these identities to help facilitate the meetups (via Zoom)!. The schedule is as follows:

LGBTQ+ Meetup – June 8th
BIPOC Meetup – June 22nd
Disability Meetup – July 13th

Read more about what it means to be a mentor with JVC Northwest

What is the Mentor Program?

JVC Northwest works to match any current JVs with an FJV or JVE member who can provide additional support through the JV/AmeriCorps member’s service year. We offer intentional matching for underrepresented communities in the following areas: 

JVs who identity as: 

  • BIPOC 
  • LGBTQIA2S+
  • Living with a disability

We also offer formal mentorship for JVs who need:

  • Extra support managing mental health stressors
  • Extra support navigating their spiritual journey

JVC Northwest recognizes that connections between FJVs and current JVs have been happening for decades in an informal capacity through our strong network of FJVs across the country. We are grateful for the new-shared resources and capacity to develop a formal mentor program. 

A mentoring program is an intentional step for Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest to act on the goals of equity and inclusion. 

Why Mentoring?

JVs might be interested in getting a mentor for additional support during their JV year. A mentor can provide another listening ear, support for reflecting on accomplishments, space for processing after COVID-19, increased awareness of JVs’ talents, and provide confidential space to share experiences. 

All mentors have been JVs or JVEs before and therefore can relate to navigating a year of service within communities. 

Why would I want to mentor?

 

Mentoring is a relationship between two people aimed at professional and personal development. It is based on mutually beneficial relationships based on growth, fun, and deepening a sense of self. 

JVC Northwest seeks mentors who are willing and able to provide additional support for JVs throughout their service year. This support can look a number of ways, as indicated in the picture. 

What are JVC Northwest's Expectations for mentors?

 

We ask mentors to truly commit to our JVs for the year.  We do understand that life happens, however, so we just ask if you’re no longer to be a mentor once committed, that you communicate that with the JV you’re matched with.

How does the mentor matching work?

Mentor Search

JVC Northwest sends an email out to Former JVs (FJVs) and JV EnCorps Members (JVEs), asking if people are interested in mentoring. 

JVs Sign Up

Staff members introduce JVs to the Mentor Program during Pre-Orientation sessions, Orientation, and Fall Area Visit. JVs who are interested can sign up using the JV Mentor Website Page. 

JV's Choice

JVC Northwest Staff will match 2-3 mentor profiles to JVs interested in having a mentor. The staff member will send each individual JV an email with potential mentor matches.  If a JV indicated a desire for an intentional match, the JVC Northwest Staff member will send multiple options for mentors who match that identity. 

The JVs will have one week to decide who they want to be matched with. 

Email

Once chosen, the JV will inform the staff member, and the staff member will connect the JV and their chosen mentor via email. 

Schedule a Meeting

The JV and their newly matched mentor will coordinate a time to meet. Meetings can happen via phone, in person, via Zoom or on whatever platform works best for all parties. 

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Upcoming Virtual Events

"JVC Northwest 101: Service and Community"

Thursday, April 7 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn about all that makes a year of service with JVC Northwest unique. We’ll talk about the opportunities available, what intentional community looks like, and dive into our values of social and ecological justice, simple living, and spirituality/reflection. There will also be plenty of time for Q+A. Register here. 

"How to Make Your Application Stand Out"

Wednesday, April 20 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn how you can position yourself to be a strong candidate for service with JVC Northwest. With one week left before the April 26 priority deadline, this will also be the perfect time to get a handle on each step of the application, interview, matching, and placement process. Register here. 

Zayna Abusada

(She/her/hers)
JVC Northwest Recruiter

Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.