Next 100 Colorado Mentorship Program

About the Program

The Next 100 Colorado Mentorship Program is a six-month program for a cohort of 10 mentors and 10 mentees designed to help connect Colorado's emerging and seasoned leaders of color through a series of partnerships, network formation, and leadership building. The program will consist of three full cohort gatherings (including an orientation), three one-on-one meetings, and a closing celebration, in addition to an online environment through which the group will be able to connect and share resources. With uncertainty about restrictions on travel and in-person gatherings likely to persist throughout the year, the program will be designed to accommodate virtual gatherings in the short-term with the potential to shift to in-person gatherings as state and national circumstances change.

Participants will:

  • Tailor their experience to their individual goals and needs 

  • Establish mentor/mentee relationships, along with relationships with a larger cohort, that ideally last long beyond the structured program

  • Access people, organizations, events, or other opportunities that they may not otherwise have had access to

  • Build leadership capacity 

  • Learn from experts in DEI, conservation, outdoor recreation, and public lands management

Who Should Apply

This mentorship program is designed to connect people of color who work, or were recently employed, in fields related to natural resources management, conservation, or outdoor recreation.

Mentors should:

  • identify as a person of color and/or indigenous

  • work in the public lands, outdoor recreation, or conservation field.

  • work at mangement-level or above, with 7+ years of relevant work experience*.

  • be based in Colorado with the ability to travel to the Front Range if travel restrictions are lifted

 

If this describes you, apply to be a mentor now!

Mentees should:

  • identify as a person of color and/or indigenous

  • work in the public lands, outdoor recreation, or conservation field.

  • work at entry-level and/or have <5 years of relevant work experience*.

  • be based in Colorado with the ability to travel to the Front Range if travel restrictions are lifted.

If this describes you, apply to be a mentee now!

*Recognizing that the economy and job market are changing as this program launches, we will also consider applicants who are out of work due to effects of the pandemic.

The Importance of Mentorship

Green 2.0, an organization that elevates public attention on racial demographics of leadership in the environmental field, reports that while NGOs and foundations improved their diversity between 2018 and 2019, only about 30% of their workforces identify as people of color. That number drops below 25% for senior staff and board members. NGOs and foundations in the conservation, outdoor recreation, and public land management fields should strive to diversify their workforces, establish cultures that retain and promote people from different backgrounds, and support the people of color and other underrepresented individuals on their staff.

Note: We know that mentors will learn from mentees as much as mentees will learn from mentors. As we embark upon this pilot program, we will welcome feedback about whether the “mentorship” construct continues to serve the program.

But these cultural shifts will take time; in order to support the current workforce, Next 100 Colorado is establishing a pilot mentorship program to provide a forum for capacity building, relationship building, and one-on-one mentorships, establishing a network of leaders across Colorado organizations focused on outdoor recreation, conservation, and public lands management.

All participants must be able to commit to full participation in the program, including attendance at each group event (schedule TBD).

The program is free. Participants must commit to engaging for the duration of the program and secure organizational support for participation. If you would like to participate and your organization will not support you, please let us know why; we may consider exceptions.

If travel restrictions are lifted, participants must be able to travel to the Front Range for full cohort gatherings. Transportation reimbursement, within reason, will be provided for participants who live outside the Front Range.

Important Information

For more information about the program or application process, reach out to us at human@next100colorado.org

©2020 by Next 100 Colorado. Photos provided by James Mills, Janelle Paciencia, Hispanic Access Foundation, and Continental Divide Trail Coalition.