The FSF Mentor Program enables alumni and industry leaders to share their professional and personal experience and expertise with current FSF scholarship recipients. The connections made in the program help prepare scholars for a successful future in the fashion industry.

MENTORSHIP

 

ABOUT THE FSF MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

FOR MENTORS

As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to advise scholar(s) on professional guidance, career advice and personal development for their career path (March to September). We encourage mentors and mentees to connect on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, FaceTime or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine. Opportunities to interact through the program include networking events and casual meet ups. Mentors do not have to be in the same city as their mentee.  Whether you are right down the street or across the globe, we invite alumni and industry leaders to develop nurturing relations through the FSF Mentoring Program on FSF Connect.

FOR SCHOLARS

As a program participant, you’ll have a chance to request a mentor to assist you with career advice and personal development. You will be paired for six months of your scholarship year (February to September). We encourage mentors and mentees to connect on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, FaceTime or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine. Opportunities to interact through the program include networking events and casual meet ups.

 
 

KEY DATES

Feb 16-24            Scholars review mentor profiles and request mentorship
Feb 24                  Deadline to request mentorship
Feb 28                  Deadline for mentors to confirm student request(s) for mentorship
Mar 1                    Mentor Program Kickoff
Sept 1                   Mentor Program Ends

 

PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

FOR MENTORS

  1. Register / Log in to fsfconnect.org 
  2. Complete / Update your profile
    • Include professional, academic, and volunteer experience
    • Check “Willing to be a mentor” 
    • Under the “About Me” section, answer the following: “Why do you want to mentor a current student?"
  3. Make sure to click “Update” for each section
  4. Await scholar mentor request(s) in February, when current FSF scholars (still in college) will review mentor profiles and send a message to request mentorship
  5. You will review request(s) and confirm mentee(s) by February 24
  6. Once you’ve confirmed a mentee(s), update your profile by unchecking “Willing to be a mentor” to turn off your availability
  7. For questions, please contact mentorship@ymafsf.org.
  8. Please save the date for our summer kickoff event on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in New York City

 

FOR SCHOLARS

  1. Register / Log in fsfconnect.org
  2. Complete / Update your profile
    • Upload a professional photo
    • Include academic, volunteer and professional experience
    • Answer this question in the “About Me” section: “What do you hope to learn from an alumni mentor?”
  3.  Make sure to click “Update” for each section
  4. Search and review Mentor profiles on FSF CONNECT using the Directory tab. Keep the following in mind: 
    • All scholars are encourage to select a mentor but not required
    • If a scholar has a mentor we expect active engagement on the scholar’s behalf with the mentor they choose
    • Scholars who are graduating spring or summer of 2018 may select an “Industry Leader” as a mentor
    • Scholars who are freshman, sophomores, and juniors must select a mentor who is an FSF alumni
  5. Once you find the ideal mentor, click “Request Mentorship” on their profile. Personalize your message in the “Mentoring request” box and then click “Send.” You are allowed to request only ONE mentor. DO NOT request a mentor without a personalized message. 
    • Introduce yourself (name, school, year, major) and include any relevant internships, or work experience
    • Explain what you hope to learn from a mentor and why you feel he/she would be the best fit
    • Include reference(s) to information in the mentor’s profile (such as education, job, industry or volunteer experience)
    • Conclude by asking if he/she would be interested in mentoring you as part of the FSF  Mentor Program and thank him/her for their consideration
  6. The deadline to request a mentor is Friday, February 24
  7. If you do not receive a response to your “Request Mentorship” message by Wednesday, February 28 please email mentorship@ymafsf.org; if your requested mentor confirms, you are officially part of the 2018 FSF Mentor Program
  8. Please save the date for our summer kickoff event on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in New York City

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FOR SCHOLARS
 

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE? As an FSF scholarship recipient, you have exclusive access to a robust network of alumni and industry leaders who are eager and willing to meet you and share their wisdom and career advice. The FSF Mentor Program is a unique opportunity for you to form meaningful and lasting relationships with a fashion industry mentor which can extend beyond your college years.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A MENTEE? The FSF Mentor Program is designed to engage FSF alumni and fashion industry leaders volunteers of all backgrounds and experience levels. You will be paired for six months (March to September) with the mentor who has accepted your request for mentorship. We encourage you to connect with your mentor on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine. Please DO NOT ask your mentor for a job or internship. The FSF Mentor Program is about building your professional network, personal development and gaining academic and career advice. This program is not a direct pipeline to a job or internship, though it can often help with opportunities in the future.

HOW LONG IS THE COMMITMENT? The commitment as a student mentee lasts for six months (March 1 to September 1).  Alumni and industry leaders will register to be a mentor in February; scholars will review profiles and send requests to their preferred mentor. Keep in mind, freshman, sophomore and juniors must select alumni as a mentor.  Only seniors can select industry leaders as a mentor.
Your request(s) and confirm of a mentor all takes place through the FSF CONNECT site. Once this happens you will be officially part of the 2017-2018 FSF Mentor Program.

HOW WILL A MENTOR MATCH BE MADE? Starting in mid-February, you will have a chance to register and review mentor profiles to find a mentor who fits your interests and career goals. Once you find your ideal mentor, you will click on the mentor profile and send a message to request mentorship. From there, mentors will review mentorship request(s) and approve scholars(s) accordingly.

IS THERE A LIMIT TO HOW MANY MENTOR REQUESTS I CAN SEND? You are only allowed to send one mentor request. Make sure to review alumni profiles carefully and send your request to the alumnus who best fits your interests and career goals.

I REACHED OUT TO SOMEONE, AND DID NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE. WHAT SHOULD I DO? We ask that you give mentors enough time to respond, typically 2-3 days. Keep in mind that mentors are busy with their professions and personal lives, so please be considerate of their time. If you do not receive a mentorship request acceptance, please do not send a follow-up message asking mentors if they received your request and would like to be your mentor. You may contact mentorship@ymafsf.org and we will determine if you are allowed to submit a second mentor request.

THE MENTOR I WAS INTERESTED IN CONNECTING WITH, NOW NO LONGER IS WILLING TO HELP? Once a mentor has accepted their mentee match, they will uncheck the “Willing to be a mentor” box to indicate that they are no longer accepting mentor requests.

WHAT IF I WANT TO CONTINUE MY MENTOR/MENTEE MATCH BEYOND THE ACADEMIC YEAR? You are welcome to stay connected with your mentor as long as they are willing and able to help.

ARE MENTORING PROGRAM MANDATORY? Events and programs are not required. The great thing about this program is that your mentorship connection can be carried out as both of you see fit. However, we do encourage you to attend as my program events, both in person and virtual, as possible to build a strong connection with your mentor.

CAN I REQUEST A MENTOR WHO LIVES OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK? Mentors do not have to live in New York to participate. You can connect with your mentor via phone calls, email, Skype, or FaceTime and still have a great connection. This year we will provide events for you and your mentor to participate in.
 

 

 

 

 

FOR MENTORS
 

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE? Scholars are willing and eager to learn from your professional and personal experiences. We want to ensure that they are prepared in every aspect possible as it related to the fashion industry. With your wisdom and guidance, we can work together to make sure FSF scholars get the most of their scholarship award year to develop a pathway into the fashion industry.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME? The FSF Mentor Program is designed to engage alumni volunteers and fashion industry leaders of all backgrounds and experience levels. You will be paired for six months (March to September) with the mentee(s) you have accepted. We encourage mentors and mentees to connect on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine. Our team will also be standing by to answer any questions you might have. Prior mentorship experience is not required.

HOW LONG IS THE COMMITMENT? The commitment as a mentor lasts six months from March to September.  Alumni and industry leaders  register to be a mentor in February, and then scholars review profiles and request a mentor in mid-February. Once you review your request(s) and confirm a scholar mentee(s), you will officially be a part of the FSF Mentor Program.
HOW WILL A MENTOR MATCH BE MADE?
Once you register for the FSF Mentor Program through FSF CONNECT (fsfconnect.org) you’ll be part of our exclusive, online mentoring community. Starting in February, FSF scholarship winners will have a chance to register and review mentor profiles to find a mentor who fits their interests and career goals. Once a scholar finds the ideal mentor, the scholar will click on the profile and send a message to request mentorship. From there, alumni and industry leaders will review mentorship request(s) and approve scholars(s) accordingly.

HOW MANY SCHOLARS CAN I MENTOR? We recommend you mentor one to two scholars during the six month timeframe.   Most of our volunteers choose to mentor one student.

WHAT IF I RECEIVE MORE THAN ONE REQUEST? If you receive multiple requests, you will be able to review each scholar’s profile before confirming a request. We hope you’ll accept as many mentees as you feel fit to mentor, but you do have the option to decline a scholar if you simply don’t have time or think it’s the wrong fit. We recommend you mentor one to two students from March to September. Most of our volunteers choose to mentor one scholar.

I ALREADY ACCEPTED BY MAXIMUM NUMBER OF MENTEES BUT  AM STILL RECEIVING MESSAGES FROM SCHOLARS. WHAT SHOULD I DO? Once you have approved your mentee(s) request for mentorship, you will want to unselect the “Willing to be a mentor” box in your profile. You can do so by clicking on the “Me” tab on the top menu bar, then click “Update my profile” and uncheck “Willing to be a mentor.” This will signal that you are no longer available for mentorship and thus no longer accepting requests.

WHAT IF I WANT TO CONTINUE MENTORING THE SCHOLAR BEYOND SEPTEMBER? Mentors are welcome to continue mentoring their scholars as long as they are willing and able.

ARE EVENTS AND PROGRAM ACTIVITIES MANDATORY? Events and programs are not required. The great thing about this program is that your mentorship connection can be carried out as the mentor and mentee see fit. However, we do encourage you to attend as my program events, as possible to build a strong connection with your scholar.

DO I HAVE TO BE IN NEW YORK TO PARTICIPATE AS A MENTOR? You do not have to live in in New York or a major city to participate. You can mentor by connecting with your scholar via phone calls, email, Skype, or FaceTime and still be a great mentor. 

WHAT IF I DON’T RECEIVE ANY REQUESTS FOR MENTORSHIP FROM SCHOLARS? As an FSF scholar, you have exclusive access to a robust network of alumni and mentors who are eager and willing to meet you and share their wisdom and advice about the fashion industry. The FSF Mentor Program is a unique opportunity for you to form meaningful and lasting relationships with mentors that will extend beyond your college years.  As a program participant, you’ll have a chance to select a mentor to assist you with academic guidance, career advice and personal development.