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Elijah and Elisha. Peter Drucker and Jim Collins. Moses and Joshua. Paul and Timothy. Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller. Archimedes and Galileo. Socrates and Plato. John Newton and William Wilberforce. All of these people benefited from mentoring relationships.

The vision of the WAM House is to transform the marketplace for Christ, and one of the ways we do that is through facilitating Life2Life mentor-protégé relationships in which knowledge gained from life experiences is shared and new experiences are gained together. Along the way, positive life skills and character traits are “caught” more than taught. Competencies are developed and sharpened, and a Kingdom perspective is highlighted, especially as it relates to walking out one’s faith in the workplace.

Protégés who take a learner attitude grow as they engage with mentors who desire to deeply invest in them. Mentors share nuggets and insights, working toward enriching protégés and spurring them on to growth. Both benefit from the relationship, while moving in the direction of impacting the Kingdom.
As you take the role of mentor or protégé in the WAM House Mentoring Program, we encourage you to humbly learn from each other and uncover how to optimize the experience for maximum Kingdom impact! 


Importance of Mentors Young adults are increasingly desiring mentors; those who can walk alongside them, be positive influences, serve as resources for personal development, and “show them the ropes.” These young adults, or protégés, seek more experienced input for answering life questions, especially as it pertains to how to be successful in the workplace. More seasoned adults realize they would like to pass their knowledge gained in the trenches on to those coming up after them. They want to invest in the lives of others. Many times, the best lessons aren’t those that deal with technical aptitudes or skills, but with navigating workplace politics, finding resources for growth, connecting to people who can expose the individual to new concepts, and learning needed social skills for being successful.

WAM House Mentors WAM House mentors are mature adults who want to voluntarily invest in the lives of individual participants on a monthly basis for approximately nine months, the length of the WAM House program. Mentors keep in mind the vision and mission of the WAM House and try to use that as an “end game” or framework for processing and guiding the relationship. Again, the vision of the WAM House is to transform the marketplace for Christ and the mission to help accomplish that is by equipping Young Professionals for this work. <Go to Mentor Application Form>

Matching Protégé with Mentor

Protégés (typically WAM House participants) are matched to Mentors in a couple of different ways. One option is for the WAM House staff to make match recommendations based on a list of volunteers who have committed to being mentors. Mentors are recruited by WAM House staff, go through an application and screening process, and are matched to a participant, ideally one with a similar occupation. A second way to match involves a participant identifying someone they think would make an effective mentor. The participant can approach this person on their own. If they aren’t sure how to approach a potential mentor, they may ask the WAM House director to help with the process. The WAM House staff can either train the protégé on how to approach the mentor, or open up the dialogue for them. <Go to Protégé Profile>

Getting Started

Once matched, both Mentor and protégé read the prescribed chapters in Life Giving Mentors by Tim Elmore before their first meeting. This book does a great job of laying out mentor-protégé relationships and expectations. Protégés read chapters 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 16, 18, and 21 while mentors read chapters 1, 2, 4, 5 or 6, 9-17, and 21.

Then the mentor and protégé will determine the time and place of meeting. Mentors and protégés should commit to meeting once each month for the length of the nine month program. They may mutually determine to meet more frequently.

At the end of the program, both will fill out an evaluation of the experience, which will be used to improve the program for the next cycle.

Expectations

  • The mentoring relationship period spans nine months, beginning in October and ending in June.
  • The mentor and protégé meet a minimum of once per month for about one hour (they can choose to go longer and meet more frequently if they would like).
  • The major emphasis of the relationship is modeling/learning about what it’s like to be a follower of Jesus in the workplace, particularly in their chosen field of occupation.
  • A good mentor offers advice on career paths and decisions, suggest resources, possibly refer the protégé to individuals who may help them answer questions, share their story of what it’s been like for them as a Believer in the workplace, etc. Most of mentoring benchmarks are covered in the book.
  • The protégé sets the meeting agenda and comes with a

     list of goals for the relationship and what they hope to learn. Both the protégé and mentor develop a game plan for reaching those goals. The WAM House staff can give some guidance on the process if needed.

  • Should protégé or mentor discover that the relationship is not a good fit, both have the freedom to bow out of the mentoring relationship.
  • Mentor and protégé pay for their own meals, coffee, etc. if they meet for such.
  • The goal is growth toward excellence, not perfection.
  • Some of the best mentoring and teaching opportunities arise in contexts of doing informal things together. Though not mandatory to the program, those who choose to meet occasionally outside the typical context of a restaurant or coffee shop will discover an added enrichment to the mentoring experience. Consider shadowing one another in the workplace for a day, going to a mutually enjoyable event together, having each other over to your home for dinner, visiting one another’s church, or trying your hand at one another’s hobby. Teachable moments will inevitably come up. Doing something like this two or three times during the nine month mentoring program is reasonable.
  • Note that the mentor and protégé may find it mutually beneficial to continue meeting after the nine month program window has closed. Some of the most dynamic and impactful mentoring relationships in history occurred over longer periods of time. However, both mentor and protégé are under no obligation or expectation to do so and should go into the relationship with no such expectation.


A Mentor Guide, which is given to the mentor and protégé, goes into more detail about how the mentoring program works.

                                                                                                      
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