About the Woman to Woman Mentoring Program
Achieving success throughout life often depends on the choices made in early adulthood. The range of decisions made during this pivotal time can sometimes be confusing or even scary. Education tracts? Career tracts? Establishing independence? Defining goals and making plans to achieve them? The Woman to Woman Mentoring Program recognizes these challenges and offers the opportunity of a mentoring relationship for young women who are seeking support, guidance, and encouragement to help them define goals and plans, overcome obstacles and achieve personal and professional success.
How does it work?
Frederick County residents between the ages of 18-35 who desire personal and professional guidance complete an application and interview for a spot in the program. Once the Mentee interview is complete, W2WM staff and Advisory Board reach-out in the Frederick community to find a Mentor match. Through this process, the program develops a "pool" of strong, professional, volunteer Mentors from which to personally match with a Mentee.
The W2WM program matches up to 25 mentee-mentor pairs per “launch point.” Starting this year, W2WM will have two launch points, one in September and one in February allowing the program to serve a greater population of young women in Frederick County. The program is 10-months long and encourages four hours of monthly one-on-one time between Mentee and Mentor, attendance to monthly enrichment workshops, volunteering for our social enterprise “the Pop-Up Shop” and monthly reporting of successes and challenges.
We are currently recruiting Mentors and Mentees for our February, “launch point.” Please contact Tonya Hatosy-Stier at 301-846-2556 for more information.
Did you know... According to research, having a mentor will give you a strong competitive edge in the workplace and in life?
Take a look at this...
Sun Microsystems compared the career progress of approximately 1,000 employees over a 5-year period and here’s what they found:
- 25% of mentees and 28% of mentors received a raise versus only 5% of managers who were not mentors.
- Both mentors and mentees were approximately 20% more likely to get a raise than people who did not participate in the mentoring program.
- Employees who received mentoring were promoted FIVE times more often than people who didn’t have mentors.
- Mentors were SIX times more likely to have been promoted to a bigger job.
Mentees experience higher career satisfaction, career commitment, career mobility, and positive job attitudes (B.R. Ragins, J.L. Cotton, and J.S. Miller, J.S, 2002).
We would like to welcome Tonya Hatosy-Stier, new Program Coordinator and Amy Savitt, new Case Manager (temporary) to the Woman to Woman Mentoring Program.
Starting its sixth year in September 2014, the Woman to Woman Mentoring Program is currently taking applications. Each year the number of women applying for mentors has grown as awareness of the program has increased throughout Frederick County. Applications are accepted year-round with a fall program launch in September.
Our Events page lists happenings and programs throughout the year, some of which are open to potential mentees as well as current mentees. Join us as for these occasions to learn more about the opportunity and to meet women already involved.
"Women fortunate enough to have had mentors claim that it made a major difference in their lives and their ability to achieve their career and educational goals."
Finding from a Needs Assessment Survey conducted by the Frederick County Commission for Women in 2004-2005