M.L. is built on mutual respect of the individuals involved. Mentoring relationships require a major commitment and responsibility on the part of the mentor and mentee to increase the chances of a successful relationship. There are critical skills and/or competencies for a successful mentoring relationship. In addition, it is essential to have a process framework that outlines expectations for individuals participating in M.L..

The following outlines the eligibility and responsibilities expected of both the mentor and mentee participating in the program:

  • Successfully complete the application, screening, and interview procedure.
  • Willing to adhere to all I²C policies and procedures.
  • Agree to a one-year commitment to the program.
  • Commit to spending a minimum of 2-4 hours of mentoring sessions per month.
  • Keep mentoring appointments as scheduled.
  • Attend and participate in I²C trainings, events, activities, workshops, pitch events, etc., as required.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information shared in mentoring sessions.
  • Willing to communicate regularly with the I²C staff and submit evaluation form on a quarterly basis.
  • Have a clean criminal history.
  • Have never been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse or molestation.
  • Not be a convicted felon.
  • Not be a user of illicit drugs.
  • Not use alcohol or controlled substances in an excessive or inappropriate manner.
  • Not be currently in treatment for substance abuse.
  • Not currently be under treatment for a mental disorder or have been hospitalized for a mental disorder in the past three (3) years.
  • Not have falsified information during the course of the screening process.

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