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226. Building a Workplace Mentorship Program with Michael Coughlin

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City is the nation's first and the city's largest youth mentoring organization. Chief Program and Innovation Officer Michael Coughlin joins us today to tell us about their newest iteration of mentoring: their workplace mentorship program.

Starting sophomore year, students are paired with corporate professionals who act as their career mentors through high school graduation, and sometimes all the way through college. These one-on-one mentorships are closely supported by a program manager from Big Brothers Big Sisters to make sure they have the foundation needed for a successful mentoring relationship.

Michael takes us through the research that led them to create this program, and lessons learned along the way. If you’re looking to start or grow a community-based mentorship program, don’t miss this episode!

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We unbox:

  • The need for mentor relationships to be long-term and resource-oriented

  • Paying attention to students’ and families’ perceptions about a program

  • How to convince corporations to join a mentorship program


Produced by NOVA Media


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