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 is held in Toronto and Vancouver. Toronto’s program will run from March through December of 2020.
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.
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.
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.
1. Mentor responsibilities include:
- Attend an orientation session with all mentors and mentees
- Meet with your mentee 3-4 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:
- An orientation session with all mentors and mentees
- Meet with your mentor 3-4 times throughout the program
- 3-4 other events designed specifically of the cohort
- Get involved in other CJPAC programming or committees