The primary goal of this program is to build networks for VCU students by connecting them to adults in the community, especially Richmond-area United Methodist Church (UMC) congregants, who can also help guide their civic and professional aspirations.
This program will support young adults in their vocational discernment, serve to develop relationships across races and cultures, deepen and enrich the vitality of the participating United Methodist Church congregations, and help develop public understanding of the contributions people of faith make to our greater civic well-being.
Why become a mentee?
Mentorship allows Richmond professionals to use their career skills, life experience, and network to provide VCU students and new alumni with advice and network connections to help inform their school and career choices. Mentors can share their skills and knowledge, help you clarify your educational and professional goals, help you to increase your professional network, and help you with career decision making as you begin to transition from a student to a professional.
Why become a mentor?
What will the time commitment be?
For both mentors and mentees, the minimum commitment will be about 6 hours of your time throughout the semester, that will break down as follows:
I just graduated, am I still eligible to be a mentee?
Yes! VCU alumni can still participate in the program.
I signed up to be a mentor, but was never paired.
Thanks for signing up to be a mentor! If we were unable to pair you during this round, please know your ongoing participation is essential to the success of our program. The more mentors in our pool, the more variety of experiences, and the better matches we can make for future mentees. We will store the information you provide during your Listening Survey and include you in our mentor pool for future mentees unless we hear from you otherwise. We expect to have two to three rounds of matches each year. You will still receive an email notification if a match is not made.
I signed up to be a mentor, but I think I may be too busy. Can I defer?
I signed up for a Listening Survey Interview but was never contacted.
Do I have to be a Methodist to participate?
Nope! While Pace is asking many Richmond-area Methodist Church members to participate in the program, we welcome mentors and mentees of all backgrounds.