Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Women in Politics Mentorship Program


Thank you for your interest in the CJPAC Women in Politics Mentorship Program. Applications are closed for our 2019 cohort. Stay up to date about other Women in Politics events and programming by joining our mailing list here!


Overview

The CJPAC Women in Politics Mentorship Program is designed to connect Jewish women (18+) who are interested in becoming more involved in the political process, either personally or professionally, with Jewish mentors who have senior experience in politics, government and communications. The program will run from March through December of 2019.

The Women in Politics Mentorship Program is intended to:

  • Provide mentees with access to the knowledge and networks of their mentors
  • Create networking opportunities for women interested in engaging with Canada’s political process
  • Provide mentors with the opportunity to help to shape the next generation of Canadian political leaders by sharing their insight and experience.

This program is intended to build greater capacity for women to become involved in the political process. Read about the incredible experiences had by mentor Melissa Lantsman and mentee Nicole Dason.

Who Should Apply

We are looking for Jewish women mentees and mentors from the Greater Toronto Area. Mentees who are interested in becoming more involved in the political process, either personally or professionally, will be partnered with mentors with senior experience in politics, government and communications. Priority will be given to mentees who do not have access to these networks through other channels.

Selection Process

Mentors and mentees will be matched based on the preferences of the mentee and the experience of the mentor. We encourage both mentors and mentees to be very specific in their applications about what the areas of expertise and traits they are looking for.

Expectations

1. Mentor responsibilities include:

  • Attend a launch event with all mentors and mentees
  • Meet with your mentee 1-3 times throughout the program (meetings can include a tour or visit to your workplace, coffee meetings, or other opportunities to have meaningful conversation)
  • Attend a thank-you/closing event at the end of the program

Mentors are encouraged to attend other optional activities to be confirmed at a later date. Past events have included:

  • A panel event with political guest speakers
  • A dinner with a special guest
  • Other CJPAC Women in Politics programming

2. Mentees will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating logistics for one-on-one meetings with their mentor, and developing and circulating an agenda prior to each meeting. This will enable the mentor to properly prepare for the meeting. The CJPAC Women in Politics committee is available to assist with this.
  • Attending events as part of the program, to be confirmed at a later date. Past events have included:
    • A launch event with all mentors and mentees
    • Meet with your mentor 1-3 times throughout the program
    • Attend a thank-you/closing event at the end of the program
    • A panel event with political guest speakers
    • A dinner with a special guest
  • Other CJPAC programming
  • Get engaged in the 2019 federal election
  • Get involved in other CJPAC programming or committees

If interested, please complete the mentee or mentor application by February 13. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. For more information please contact jreich@cjpac.ca.