Tell us about your partnerships
eMentoring has a range of community and institutional partners that play key roles in mentor-mentee recruitment, online platform development, and championing eMentoring’s growth and implementation. Our community partners include: Akisq’nuk First Nation, Adams Lake Band, Sto:lo Nation, Surrey School District, and the Central Okanagan School District. Other partners include: icouldbe.org, Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, First Nations Technology Council, Vancouver Island Health Authority, and various institutional departments, programs, and services with overlapping missions.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
eMentoring currently targets Aboriginal youth aged 11 to 18 in BC who may be interested in a health science career. As eMentoring becomes more established as a successful mentoring program, we would like to expand our reach to students interested in other career areas (e.g. social sciences, art, etc.), and eventually to students in other Canadian provinces and beyond. In the long term, we also envision branching out to youth in other cultural minority groups.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Our dynamic team of staff and volunteers who, provide support and advice to our student participants, is key eMentoring’s success. Having Community Leads situated within each community providing on-the-ground support ensures that there is always someone close-by to encourage, facilitate and actively recruit mentees. The eMentoring team aims to foster a supportive work environment for our staff, and to give our volunteer mentors direct support, encouragement and training to ensure they are fully comfortable and capable in their roles. Our project team strives to continually learn and build upon our experience so that the program can achieve its full potential.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
We would be interested in creating reciprocal relationships with other programs that have similar goals so that we can provide multidirectional engagement for our mentees.