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YP Impact Mentoring Program

Join the Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals and serve as a mentor for a student at the Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA). This 10-month commitment enables Young Professionals to invest in the next generation of youth in our community by building meaningful one-on-one relationships with students. YP Impact partners with a Dallas ISD high school to mentor students and build the interpersonal and professional skills they needed to succeed.

Dallas IDEA
YP is partnering with Dallas Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA) is a choice school in the Dallas Independent School District for grades 9-12. It believes that “one-of-a-kind kids deserve a one-of-a-kind education.” Its mission is to provide students with a customized education so that students can work at a pace that maximizes learning and also provides real world preparation.

Dallas IDEA is unique in that it offers:

  • Personalized education
  • Mentors and internships
  • Next-generation skills

With its unique business focus, Dallas IDEA is a community of innovators challenging assumptions and designing creative solutions one student at a time.

Benefits of Mentoring
Mentorship is an opportunity for you to make an impact on a student’s life while personally growing yourself as a professional. YP Impact will allow you to serve the community in a way that leverages your skills and experiences while building the next generation of young professionals. Participating in this program empowers you to:

  • Give back to your mentee and Dallas IDEA
  • Establish active listening skills
  • Share your knowledge
  • Increase sense of self-worth
  • Strengthen interpersonal relationship skills
  • Exposure to other perspectives
  • Re-energize your career
  • Greater personal satisfaction

As mentees, IDEA high school students can also experience benefits, such as the following:

  • Increase self confidence
  • Learn how to take control of his/her future
  • Learn to vocalize thoughts
  • Learn to accept feedback
  • Improve interpersonal relationship skills
  • Important networking opportunities
  • Exposure to other perspectives
  • Reduce anxiety around big decisions

Mentor Responsibilities
As a mentor, you commit to the following:

  • Mentor a student for one complete school year (Aug. 2018 – May 2019)
  • Spend 2 hours/month connecting with students in the following ways:
    • 30 min in school visit or video conference (mandatory)
    • Email
    • Phone calls
  • Help students set and reflect on personal and career goals
  • Share insight into your background and professional experiences
  • Participate in optional YP Impact group meetings, which will be hosted over the school year, to network and learn from other YP mentors

Leadership is generally learned outside of the classroom, which makes mentoring crucial to our community. As a young professional, you can relate to students in a unique way, while offering a credible, professional perspective. Become a mentor through YP Impact, and you can make an impact in someone else’s life as well as your own.

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