Mentorship Opportunities

Want to give back to our local community with your time and talent? Want to help local youth and adult professionals succeed? Want to share the lessons life has taught you with others? 

Consider being a Mentor for one of our signature leadership programs!

Call the Program Coordinator at (845) 454-1700, ext. 1025 to sign-up.

What is Leadership Connections?

Leadership Connections is a unique program in partnership with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce's Career Action Center and Poughkeepsie High School. The program offers out-of-classroom opportunities for students who may be seeking additional guidance and experiences to better prepare for life after high school.

Who are the Mentees?

Poughkeepsie High School students.

How many Mentees will you have?

Two to three.

What kind of relationship will you have with your Mentees?

Mentors will offer guidance and follow-up periodical via an agreed upon method of communication such as text or email.

How often will you communicate with your Mentees?

Mentors are asked to follow-up periodically throughout the month to discuss school and life.

Who qualifies as a Mentor?

Mentors should be business professionals who live and/or work in the Dutchess County area, preferably with a passion for offering support and guidance from his or her own past experiences.

What is the time commitment?

Sessions are held monthly from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where are sessions held?

Sessions are held at various locations around Dutchess County.

What are the Mentor's responsibilities other than what's already been mentioned?

Mentors are responsible for their own transportation and for participating with the students throughout the program, offering guidance when needed.

 

 

What is Youth Leadership?

Youth Leadership is a two Track program.

Track 1: Students create a company and enhance public speaking and business skills through selling stock and product. About 45 students work together in five different departments including marketing, production, human resources, finance, and business development. Each mentor is assigned to a group and will take a hands-off approach to guiding students. They will also follow-up on completed community service hours.

Track 2: Students focus on college and career readiness and participate in an exclusive, 20-hour internship while developing his or her resumes, interview skills, and learning how to finance college and choose a career/education path. Each mentor is assigned to a group of students and will help to develop these skills in addition to following up with internship progress.

Who are the Mentees?

High school students throughout Dutchess County.

How many Mentees will you have?

Five to ten.

What kind of relationship will you have with your Mentees?

Mentors will act as point person for his or her group of mentees, offering guidance on program material as needed.

How often will you communicate with your Mentees?

Mentors are asked to follow-up periodically throughout the month to hold students accountable for his or her program work and balancing it with other responsibilities and life in general.

Who qualifies as a Mentor?

Mentors should be business professionals who live and/or work in the Dutchess County area, preferably with a passion for working with youth and offering guidance for life after high school.

What is the time commitment?

Sessions are held monthly from 5:15-8:45 p.m. with occasional additional sessions.

Where are sessions held?

Sessions are held at one central location within Poughkeepsie.

What are the Mentor's responsibilities other than what's already been mentioned?

Mentors are responsible for following up with students about his or her assignments, attendance, and checking-in as well as corresponding with the Program Coordinator or students'  parents as needed. At the beginning of class, mentors help facilitate check-in and preparation for class. Furthermore, mentor attendance at all events is paramount, as the students have only a short period of time to meet each month.