Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Women in Politics Mentorship Program

Mentorship Program

Applications are due Friday, August 14.
To apply as a mentor click here.
To apply as a mentee click 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. This cohort of the WiP Mentorship Program is open to applicants from all across Canada. The program will run from September 2020 through March 2021. Due to COVID-19 we will be running our program (including 1:1 and group meetings and events) virtually. When it becomes safe to resume in person gatherings we will consider reverting some aspects of our program to be in person.

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 across Canada. 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 3-4 times throughout the program (meetings can include a tour or visit to your workplace*, coffee meetings*, events* 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:

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

Successful applicants will be asked to provide a bio and headshot.

*Due to COVID-19 we will be running our program (including 1:1 and group meetings and events) virtually. When it becomes safe to resume in person gatherings we will consider reverting some aspects of our program to be in person.

 

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 3-4 times throughout the program
      • Attend a thank-you/closing event* at the end of the program
      • Attend 2-3 other events* throughout the year that may include a panel event with political guest speakers, a dinner with a special guest, and/or a skill building workshop
    • Get involved in other CJPAC programming or committees

*Due to COVID-19 we will be running our program (including 1:1 and group meetings and events) virtually. When it becomes safe to resume in person gatherings we will consider reverting some aspects of our program to be in person.

Applications are due Friday, August 14.
To apply as a mentor click here.
To apply as a mentee click here.