The Seizing Our Destiny Champions Council is encouraging adults aged 18 to 24 to live, work and play in Riverside. We know that doing so will fuel economic growth in our area for those that decide to stay, create a population that is engaged in the community and leave a positive impression about the city that they will take with them if they decide to leave.
Mentors are matched to youth via a simple common interests assessment set of questions that can be found in the mentor registration section
Mentors are then connected to their match and sent an invite to attend the Seizing Our Destiny Meet & Greet event where the mentor and mentee will meet for the first time!
The mentor and mentee will set up their second meeting and every meeting thereafter with one another.
A completed Mentee Registration, which is basically just your detailed contact information and common interests assessment sent to us.
Approximately one-hour time commitment per month to meet with your mentor at a time and place convenient for both of you for 12 months. This is a one-year commitment.
Your Release All Liability form (sent to you AFTER you’ve registered).
The mentee will meet regularly (a minimum one time a month for 12 months) with their assigned mentor. The main goal from the relationship is to help you get engaged in our community. Your job is to be open and honest about your experience in Riverside. Communication is key to engaging in good, positive feedback. Your mentor will share their experiences with you too and challenge you to share what you are learning with your friends.
The mentors involved in the program are local community leaders – they could be bank executives, non-profit managers, educators, City leaders or local business owners. Bottom line, these leaders all have an extensive local network here in Riverside.
Are you someone who has a positive outlook about your experience in Riverside?
Are you engaged in the community?
Are you ready to give back? Then maybe YOU are who we’re looking for!
The mentor will meet regularly (a minimum one time a month) with their assigned mentee and our desire is that the following goals will be accomplished by the end of 12 months:
Model the behavior of an engaged citizen of the community.
Communicate. Share your experiences living in Riverside, answer questions, tell stories, give advice, invite mentees to events, etc.
Share Seizing Our Destiny.
Look for barriers that mentees may have about Riverside including perceptions and negative comments.
Challenge mentees to mentor others.
Mentors are matched to mentees via a simple common interests assessment
Mentors are then connected to their match and a schedule of recommended activities is provided
The mentor and mentee will set up their first meeting and we’ll ask for feedback regularly
A completed Mentor Registration, which is basically just your detailed contact information and common interests assessment sent to us.
Approximately one-hour time commitment per month to meet with your mentee at a time and place convenient for both of you for 12 months. (This is a one-year commitment)
An Agreement to Release All Liability form (sent to you AFTER you’ve registered)
1) How do I become a mentor?
To sign up to be a mentor, click here to connect with us
2) What specifically does the mentor do?
The mentor agrees to meet monthly with the mentee they’ve been matched with at a public location throughout the City of Riverside. The mentor’s job is to get to know their mentee and explain his/her community connection to Riverside and find ways to get the mentee connected too. To find out more, click here and scroll down to “being a mentor”.
3) Is previous mentoring experience required?
No previous mentoring experience is required. We will hold a training session periodically for those who desire more information.
4) Who are the mentees seeking mentoring?
They are adults (aged 18 – 24) who have already graduated high school and are either in college or working.
5) Is mentoring training available to mentors?
Yes. Training sessions will be held periodically.
1) How do I become a mentee?
To sign up to be a mentee, click here to connect with us
2) Who are the mentors?
Mentors involved in the program are local community leaders – they could be bank executives, non-profit managers, educators, City leaders or local business owners. Bottom line, these leaders all have an extensive local network here in Riverside.
3) What’s it all about – really?
City leaders know that the 18 – 24 year old population is important to the future of Riverside. We want to make sure that you are given every opportunity to consider Riverside as a place to live, work and play. We believe we can showcase Riverside best by one-on-one connections with you and by demonstrating how WE are engaged in the community.
4) What will I get out of it?
The individuals who will be mentoring come from all walks of life here in our City. We’ll do our best to match you to a mentor that shares common interests, but most important, our mentors are all very well connected in the community. By getting to know these individuals, you’ll have a chance to expand your local network of local professionals which can help you no matter where your journey leads. Riverside is a great place and we want to share some of it with you. Although you will be meeting regularly with your mentor, we hope to have opportunities where everyone being mentored can meet and network. We hope you will 1) build your confidence as a future young professional, 2) get feedback on your strengths and weaknesses and 3) open your mind to other local options.
5) But I already know all about Riverside – what more can I learn from being mentored?
We have found that even native residents don’t know all that Riverside has to offer.
6) What if I try it and don’t like it – can I just quit?
Yes, you can quit. But we hope you really give it a chance and would love your feedback. This is a new program and we want it to be relevant and worthwhile to you. We will be asking you for feedback regularly.
1) In what specific areas does mentoring occur?
We suggest all meetings take place in the City of Riverside at a public location, for safety reasons.
2) What is the time commitment required of the mentor and the mentee?
The suggested appointment will be a minimum of one hour at a public location in Riverside; however, appointment times should be scheduled based on the mentor/mentee’s availability. You should talk to your mentee about this at your first meeting.
3) How is mentoring success measured?
Throughout the one-year commitment time, we will survey both mentor and mentee and ask for feedback. We will also have a survey at the conclusion of the one-year.
4) How are mentors and mentees paired?
We have come up with a program that pairs mentors and mentees based on common interests.
5) How is the mentoring process supervised?
No supervision of the actual mentoring meeting takes place. Seizing Our Destiny is only administering the program. However, we expect both mentors and mentees to reach out to the Seizing Our Destiny team if challenges arise – inability to set appointments, missed appointments, questions about the program, inability to relate to each other and inappropriate behavior.
6) Is there a cost to participate?
This program has no cost. If you decide to meet someone at a venue that has a cost, please make arrangements with your mentee in advance about costs involved. You will not be reimbursed for any activities by City of Riverside or Seizing Our Destiny.
7) Is it possible I won’t get matched?
Not likely. The problem we will have is a lack of available mentees, not mentors.
8) Why do I have to sign the Agreement to Release All Liability form?
The City of Riverside is helping to administer this program through Seizing Our Destiny; therefore, the City requires an Agreement to Release All Liability. It’s just meant to protect the City in case someone is not satisfied with the program. Remember, the program is FREE. Both the mentor and mentee will sign this document.. If you’d like a copy of the document to review, please click here to connect with us
9) What if the mentor/mentee relationship just isn’t working?
Sometimes, things just don’t click. We know that. Let us know and we’ll first try to help you make the existing relationship work well. If not, we’ll work to get you re-matched.