The Family Resource Center (FRC) announced that registration for its Empowered Women, Empower Women mentorship program opens today (Monday, May 2, 2022).
FRC, with the endorsement of the Portfolio of the Civil Service (PoCS), developed the Mentorship Program to provide young female civil servants with healthy relationships with their peers and one-on-one mentorship with experienced professionals, to foster the development and professional growth. It is expected that the program will expand to include young men in the near future, to ensure that gender equality efforts are inclusive and diverse.
FRC announced the launch of the Public Service Mentorship Program during Women’s Honor Month (March 2022). The program hopes to help develop skills that benefit career advancement; supports succession planning, creates diversity and helps recruit and retain highly qualified public servants. In addition, this initiative aims to launch a strong support network for women in the public service.
“We are delighted to see this launched by FRC in partnership with PoCS, which will expand talent development tools within the Cayman Islands Government and will undoubtedly help women in their roles at work, at home and in our community. “said Deputy Governor and Head of Public Service, Hon. Franz Manderson. “A key element of this program will be that it is delivered by women for the benefit of other women, and seeks to break down barriers and pave the way for others to have a seat at the table, to enjoy careers diverse in areas where women may currently be underrepresented or unrepresented,” he added.
FRC Clinical Supervisor, Charmaine Miller, introduced the program to inspire and empower the next generation of female leaders in public service: “A large majority of the population within our public service are women. We have also seen an increase in the number of young women entering public service, and the need to support and guide them more,” she said. Mentors and mentees should meet regularly and respect their joint commitments within the partnership. Mentors will work collaboratively with mentees on their development goals and foster their networking opportunities. The pilot launch of this program will last six months and will involve at least monthly meetings during this period.
Structure of the mentorship program
The steps to engage in mentorship are:
1) Application: Eligible officials who wish to become mentors or mentees must complete the online mentorship application form.
2) The mentoring committee: A committee will be responsible for matching mentees and mentors, taking into account their interests and professional development needs.
3) Mentoring training: The training sessions will introduce mentoring and describe the roles and expectations of mentors and mentees. Additional workshops to further strengthen the skills and career development of mentees will also be offered (in
partnership with internal and external stakeholders).
4) Mentoring meetings: Mentors and mentees will meet at least once a month to discuss their mentoring arrangement with specific, achievable goals in mind and in professional or community settings. The meetings will take place over a period of 6 to 12 months.
5) Graduation: Mentors and mentees will celebrate the completion of the mentorship program. Mentoring relationships are encouraged to evolve on an informal basis, as long as they are mutually beneficial.
Mentoring registrations open today, Monday, May 2, 2022.
The online mentorship application form can be found here: https://form.jotform.com/
For more information, please email [email protected]